Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan author of A handbook on criminal procedure in Kenya wrote, “You do not respond to a mosquito bite with a hammer.” Simply meaning before we resort to drastic measures, we owe it to ourselves to try other more reasonable solutions to an issue or problem.
The trend for millennials, those born between 1982 and 2004, is to disregard the above advice and resort to looking for easier and more profitable ways (in the short term) to resolve issues, notwithstanding the consequences.
A case in point: the two law students who were expelled in 2016. Their immediate action was to run to court and sue the university for defamation and damages without utilizing other means like the Tribunal or the University Council.
While that particular case is still in court, another group of 21 nursing graduates are suing the university for Shs900 million, for what they call “fraudulent and/or negligent misrepresentation” by the university for teaching them a course that was rejected by the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC).
In the meantime, a resolution was passed by the Parliament for the UNMC to accept their degrees and register them, but this has been disregarded by the students so far.
Could the love of money be the underlying motive in all this? The students are probably convinced that since this is a reputable university they are willing to pay any fee, for any defamatory claims to be dismissed. But is that the case?
True, the university has to do some soul searching to resolve arising conflict. However, is it impossible for the students to take a step back and assess the implications of their actions? While there are bottlenecks in the students’ way, for example failure to get a practising certificate, or suspension, there are also safer and easier solutions to the problem than resorting to making a quick penny from the predicament.