Mollie Siperia Saasiraabo, the Makerere University student accused of leading a strike over the 15 per cent tuition hike will not lose her MasterCard Foundation scholarship.Saasiraabo is one of the students sponsored by MasterCard and Toni Tiemens, the director corporate communications at the foundation headquarters in Toronto in Canada disclosed to URN in an email that Saasiraabo remains a valued member of the scholars community and will continue to access all support and services the Scholars Program offers at Makerere University.
“The MasterCard Foundation supports freedom of expression, believes in civil discourse, and encourages students and leaders to work towards a peaceful resolution,” Tiemens explains.
On Thursday last week, the MasterCard Foundation issued a statement expressing deep concern for the safety and security of all people at Makerere University.“The Foundation is deeply concerned about the violence taking place at Makerere University surrounding the student protests related to the fee structure at the university. The Foundation supports freedom of expression and believes in civil discourse. The Foundation does not condone violence in any situation,” reads the statement in part.