February 18, 2013

Defiant Muk Students continue Strike

Riot police# bundle a guild minister onto a police pick up truck
Riot police# bundle a guild minister onto a police pick up truck

Police is engaged in running battles with Makerere University students protesting the policy requiring them to pay at least 60 percent tuition in the first six weeks of the semester. The students rampaged this morning following the failure by the university council to respond to their petition to rescind the decision to enforce the policy. Last week, students staged a strike and petitioned Professor Ddumba Ssentamu, the Makerere University Vice chancellor rejecting the decision to enforce the policy.

However, the University administration ignored the petition insisting that the students comply with the policy because the money is needed to cover operational costs. However, this didn’t go down well with the students. This morning, the students descended on the university campus and started vandalizing property. The students vandalized four vehicles at the main university building forcing anti riot police to fire teargas to disperse the students. Police also picked up three students.

Two of the students have been identified as James Mwoiza, a second year student from the ICT department and Remmy Muhumuza. The strike has paralyzed activities at the university as the lecture rooms are deserted. Our reporter at the university says that the anti riot police led by Samuel Omara, the officer in charge of special Operations Kampala Metropolitan police is still involved in running battles with students in Katanga slums. The University administration and Guild leadership has not yet commented, as none of the officials could be reached by our reporter.

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