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Help ‘Poor Students Rights’ Activist Sentumbwe get Legal Fees to Challenge University Expulsion

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My name is Sentumbwe Yasin Munagomba, I am 26years old male Ugandan citizen found in East Africa of the African Continent. I come from a family of nine children where four boys and five are girls, I am the sixth born of the family. Having been born from a humble family in the slums of Luzira a suburb of Kampala the Capital city of Uganda, life has completely had nothing for me without struggling and giving other people a hand to break through and this is how my activism has been built to date. I started school in the early 1990s and I repeated primary four for more than four years and this was not because I could not perform well but the continued failure to sit examination due to lack of school fees, however in 2002, I was able to sit my final examinations and I was promoted to primary five but this again did not come without challenge. In 2003, I did not join the intended primary five as then money got lost completely and this meant continuity in education would be no more, later an Organisation called African Children accepted to sponsor me as a pupil on a condition and the condition was that they would only sponsor me if I was only willing to go back to primary two so as to enable the organisation find me an appropriate sponsor, I did obey because I really wanted to study. It was a hard moment for me again to count from 1-100 and reading vowels from A-Z but I did. After one in primary two, I was promoted to primary three, however, after one term in primary three in 2004, another Organization (Vision For Africa International) desired my courage and offered me sponsorship that would only be ended on condition that I failed to perform academically as they expected. Though then I had to work on site so as to provide the few requirements that were personal, I did work to get them and still studied. In 2007 after my Primary Leaving Examinations, I finally joined (secondary) Crane High school and this was yet another moment I always echo upon in my education journey, this is because few people believed that I would make it to secondary considering the conditions at home. Secondary Level While in secondary I devised new means of getting money at school, I then started selling ground nuts paste to my fellow students at every lunch time at school so as to raise money to sustain me in my education. For the four years of my ordinary level in school, the business of selling ground nut paste was fruitful and indeed I completed ordinary level with a first grade in my final examination in 2011, my four years ordinary level were also characterised of fighting other poor students be allowed to stay and do examination in school. Having performed well, Vision For Africa International desired that I would join a boarding school such that I would only concentrate on academics other than studying while working which was suspected to seemed inconvenience my studies, I then I joined Seroma Christian High school in 2012 up to 2013. While in Seroma Christian High school, my activism for students’ related matters grew so much that I asked the school to allow me run a club that cantered majorly on the welfare of students which the school did. The club had a lot of impact to the students’ welfare indeed, after completion of my advanced level at Seroma Christian High school with seventeen points out of twenty points from History where had an A, Economics-A, Geography-C, General paper-1and sub Mathtecis-7, I was enrolled for bachelor Laws at Uganda Christian University in the academic year 2013-2014 and indeed my sponsor was willing to continue paying my tuition like before. Time At University My major reason to do the law course was to find a way on how I would use law to protect the rights of mainly poor students in the University who mainly missed out on University examinations due to failure to raise tuition. In my first year of study of my study of law 2014-2015, through my advocacy together with other students and the parents, we forced the University to revise its tuition increment policy, success was registered because the university lowered its increment form 10% to 5% for every new academic year. Due to increased success in checking the unrealistic policies of the university continuously my activism became the student’s activism that at the conclusion of my second year in law school, the tuition had again increased unreasonably and without consultation from the students as the set laws of the university require. I wrote a number of letters to university administration and I also used different platforms to challenge the increment and at the end of the semester, over 3,000students rose up and gathered in the University Agape square seeking accountability from the university administration which the failed to do. I together with my long friend Simon Semuwemba who had on a number of time opposed the university unrealistic policies, we were singled out and without a fair hearing as stated in the university rules and regulations, we were prematurely and unjustly expelled from the University. Going to court At the time, we have sued the university and the matter is in the Jinja High Court 79 Km from my home residence. However, though we have managed to get legal aid service providers, that are willing to give us free legal services in the matter, we are required to transport the lawyers, pay for accommodation and feeding them every time they are us to represent us in court. We actually do not know when the case will end but the fact is that we have good case because even when you look at the date when my expulsion letter was written, it was before the alleged demonstration the University administration is accusing me of had actually taken place. However, we at least estimate to use $5000, please enable us pursue this just course because it is aimed at saving many Ugandan students who cannot acquire higher education due to unregulated fees by the government in Ugandan Universities. Dear friends the next hearing of our case will be on the 17-08-2016 yet the next academic years 2014-2015 will begin in September, dear friends, we need your help in our ‘walk to justice’ it shall be this support which will enable us participate fully in our and it is this support that the Ugandan students realise academic freedom in institutions of learning. Colleagues we have missed out on doing internship because the society trades us as out curst and thus there is no law firm that can let us learn more about the law practically. Please this journey I have personally moved for a just cause cannot be extinguished by such an expulsion without challenging it by law. Feel free to use my mobile money numbers; +256 700 966 287 / +256 778 676 357 Post Bank account number: 1040506000159 Account Name: Sentumbwe Yasin Munagomba

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