Rioting Makerere Students Remain Defiant, Strike Enters Third Day

Makerere University students have remained defiant by demanding university council to forever scrap off the 60% tuition policy.

Makerere students run away from tear gas during the strike
Makerere students run away from tear gas during the strike

The strike entered a third day on Thursday morning as police engaged students in running battles, firing teargas and live bullets to dissuade them from organizing and mobilizing fellow students to join the demonstration.

Police also cordoned off Lumumba and Mitchell halls where strikes usually start from.

On Wednesday, it was not different-police spent the day chasing rioting students.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu after a meeting with students’ leaders said the university council will meet today to discuss the students’ demand.

“After deliberations with the above mentioned (students leaders), management agreed as follows; that all tests and coursework are to be postponed until the decision of the Emergency University Council Meeting that’s to be held soon; much as students representatives wanted the emergency university council meeting to be held on Wednesday 6th April at 10:00am, upon consultation by management with the chairperson university council, management fixed the emergency meeting for Thursday 7th April 2017,” the Tuesday communiqué reads.

University management has asked students to remain calm though the demands fell on deaf ears.