18 students, who allegedly participated in a strike at Makerere University on Monday, were on Wednesday evening charged before being remanded to Luzira prison.
The eighteen including Makerere University councilor, Mr Bernard Luyiga, appeared before Law Development Centre (LDC) court and charged with unlawful society.
They denied the charges before Grade One Magistrate, Ester Nasambu Rebecca, who remanded them to Luzira prison, saying she would not entertain their bail application since it was past working court hours.
She also cited the big number of the suspects as a hindrance for them to apply for bail.
The eighteen included; Gordon Lule, 23, Peter Lowestain, 20, Paul Kiggundu,19, Gloria Katushabe, 24, Lionel Muhwezi, 20, Jacob Eyelu, 20, Emmanuel Nyero, 19, Clinton Kanyali,20, Javira Kigenyi,22, and Samuel Kanamwanzi,21.
Others were; Jack Obong, Henry Kata,22, Hassan Wasswa 21, Kenneth Ogola, 23, Eric Kizito, 20, Bernard Luyiga, 31, Charles Waluganda,23, Ramathan Kawoya, and Gilbert Turyasingugura, 21.
However, court released Mr Luyiga on a cash bail of Shs100,000 as he was in a bad shape and needed to receive treatment. His hand was bandaged
The students’ lawyers led by Nicholas Opio, had told court that police had assaulted Mr Luyiga as they arrested him.
The students, who were produced in court from Wandegeya police station where they had been detained since their arrest on Monday night, will be brought back to court next Monday to apply for bail.
The magistrate condemned the police for beating up Mr Luyiga but also faulted the students of disturbing the peace of others by striking.
Earlier, the court had remanded the students till March 6 but their lawyers later bargained with the magistrate in her chambers and brought the date nearer.
The lawyers argued that by remanding the students to Luzira for two weeks, they would be psychologically tortured and yet they are innocent.
Fellow university students shade tears as they watched helplessly as their friends were being sent to Luzira prison.
According to the charge sheet, the students on the night of February 18, incited others and disturbed the peace of others at Makerere University.
On Monday, Makerere students striked as they protested the university’s decision of having the privately sponsored students; pay at least 60% of the total fees by March 8.
Back at court, the anti-riot police deployed heavily to avert any chaos by the students.