Protests rock Roma campus

Protests rock Roma campus

MASERU – THE National University of Lesotho (NUL) was this Tuesday rocked by protests by students who were demanding the release of their allowances.
The disturbances were continuing as of yesterday.
The Roma campus was turned into a battleground as students went on the rampage disrupting lectures and trashing rubbish bins.
They also mounted a blockade of the Maseru-Roma road where they burned tyres and logs.
This obstructed the free flow of traffic.

The secretary general of the Students’ Representative Council, Sello Matsatsi, said they were expecting the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS) to process the payment 21 days after they had renewed their contracts, which was not done.
He said the students are struggling to survive without the NMDS allowances.

Matsatsi said the strike is minimal as compared to previous strikes at the university.
“We need resources such as books so that we can study,” he said.
But the NUL management said the protests were spearheaded by “anarchists” bent on causing trouble.
The university vowed to weed out the anarchists who foment trouble.

In a statement, the university denied that the protests had anything to do with any delayed allowances by the NMDS.
It said the protests were organised by “anarchists” some of whom were not even NUL students.
The university said those who were behind the chaos will be sought out and hauled before the university’s disciplinary processes.
Investigations to weed out the trouble-makers are already in progress, the university said.

The management appealed to law-abiding students to go back to classes and resume their studies.
They also urged lecturers to continue with their teaching programmes.
That message will be duly communicated directly to the Student Union meeting scheduled to take place this afternoon, the press statement said.

The NUL Vice-Chancellor Professor Nqosa Mahao said the NMDS is committed to transfer the allowances of first year students latest by Wednesday night.
“The university can confirm that today Wednesday 22nd August, 2018, first year allowances have reached the university, and are being transferred into students’ personal accounts this afternoon,” the statement said.

The deputy director of the NMDS, Thabo Ntoi, told thepost last night that students must follow procedures if they are to access their money.
“Those who say we have delayed should provide the evidence to support their claim,” Ntoi said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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