40 Makerere students arrested amid teargas


Police was this morning forced to arrest Makerere University students for renewing a violent strike that spread across all halls of residence.

The strike that started on Monday is aimed at forcing the administration to scrap an unfair 100% in six weeks fees payment policy.

The guild president, Bala Bwiruka, says they petitioned the university council diplomatically demanding for the revocation of the 100% tuition policy but instead the council stuck to its guns.

Furious students resumed the strike last night which extended to midnight characterised by burning of tyres, teargas and live bullets.

Police reportedly arrested Opoya Mike, a former guild presidential aspirant, at University Hall for allegedly inciting violence.

This morning, police gathered more ringleaders from Lumumba hall bringing the number of the arrested to about 40 students.

Bala, minutes back, rallied students to gather at different points like halls of residence so he could address them only to be barred by police.

“I am UH. Police has stopped me from proceeding further to address students. This is uncalled for,” he protested.

Anti-riot police has sealed off the most chaotic halls of residence including Mitchel and crushed students’ barricades.

The students are determined to march across the campus in defiance.

Students and police are now engaged in running battles.

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