Makerere Students Forcefully Vacate Varsity Premises
By Serestino Tusingwire
Following the President’s directive to close the East Africa’s oldest institution, students have been forced by police this morning to pack their belongings and vacate the university premises.
The Police led by the Inspector General Gen. Kale Kayihura are patrolling the campus to ensure that students leave their halls of residence without delay.
The President’s directive to close the institution came after the University Council failed all the attempts to end the lecturers’ strike.
“Pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and Section 26(2) of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, decided to close Makerere University with immediate effect, until further notice, in order to guarantee safety of persons and property” the directive signed by the President states.
On Tuesday the council had offered to pay lecturers’ incentive allowances for one month immediately but the striking staff vowed not to resume work until Shs32bn in allowance arrears over eight months is paid to them.
The students will patiently wait from their parents’ homes until the issues are fully resolved and the closure is called off.