Live bullets as Makerere students resume strike


Police at Makerere during a recent strike

A strike has resumed and is violently raging at Makerere University.

The students staged a strike on Monday protesting against the 100% in 6 weeks fees payment policy.

On Monday, they only managed to march across the campus chanting “weewee” and demanding to be addressed by administrators.

Anti-riot police deployed early enough to prevent the possible chaotic scenes.

The guild president, Bala Bwiruka, told students he had already petitioned the university council diplomatically demanding for the revocation of the 100% tuition policy.

Management then asked students to remain calm promising to address their grievances soon enough.

On Tuesday, the university council sat and instead maintained the police students say is unfair to them.

On a sad note, Bwiruka informed the expectant students Tuesday evening that the Council had resolved to uphold the requirement to pay 100% of tuition within 6 weeks despite their vehement protestations.

“Stand firm, we as students have a right to education, and the guild will not sit back and watch as that right is being threatened by such unfair policies!” he said in a social media.

Furious students did not wait for Bwiruka’s next course of action but once more took matters in their own hands.

Strike resumes

Video of the situation at university hall by Campusbee

Minutes past midnight, “weewee” [the strike catchword] was sounded at Lumumba hall [the most chaotic in the university’s history].

It was picked by girls at Mary Stuart Hall which is just adjacent Lumumba.

It travelled very fast like wildfire to Complex hall, University Hall and reached Mitchel hall, the second most violent hall.

At University hall, students gathered car tyres and set them ablaze.

Police rushed to the hall firing teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the rowdy crowd.

A mini chaos earlier erupted after the University Council’s decision leading to running battles between police and students.

In the ensuing chaos, Opoya Mike, a former guild presidential aspirant was reportedly arrested at University Hall for allegedly inciting violence.

There are reports of more students being arrested which we are yet to verify.

Police also rushed to Nkrumah hall and restrained students from wrecking havoc.

Police had earlier appealed to the gallant students of Makerere University to stay calm and academic while demanding for anything saying riots were illegal.

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