Makerere students remanded to Luzira prison for protesting closure


Makerere University students who were arrested on Monday in down town Kampala protesting the institution’s closure by president Yoweri Museveni have been remanded to Luzira Prison.

The students who include Paul Kato, Ronald Ainebyoona and Kahiigi Edmund appeared before Buganda Road Court and were remanded to Luzira prison until November 17 when they will return to court for further mention of the case.

The magistrate denied them bail because they did not have substantial sureties.

They had presented fellow students as sureties for their bail application but the magistrate said a student cannot stand as surety on behalf a fellow student.

Holding placards, the Students on Monday stormed the city centre chanting “we want Makerere Open.” The students who were donned in university gowns carried placards with inscription “Closing Makerere is murdering academic of Africa.”

Their chanting attracted police attention. About four of them were arrested and taken to Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) while others escaped.

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