It is unfortunate and a shame to see Makerere University closed, the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has said.
“University business is to teach. If lecturers can’t teach then the university can’t keep open. It’s not safe,” he said.
Kayihura made the remarks on Wednesday at Makerere University where he had gone to assess the security situation following its closure by president Museveni.
Kayihura was accompanied by Kampala Metropolitan Police Director Mwesigwa Frank.
President Museveni on Tuesday ordered the closure of the university until further notice to guarantee safety of persons and property. The directive follows Tuesday running battles between police and students who were protesting a lecturer’s strike that entered its third week on Monday.
As early at 6am on Wednesday, police had deployed at all halls of residence to oversee the president’s directive.
Students were seen packing their property to vacate the campus with several of them anticipating free transport promised by the university management.