Police poured clouds of teargas inside a hostel belonging to their chief, Kale Kayihura, at the peak of the Makerere university strike that is spiraling out of control.
The strike that kicked off on Monday against the 100% fees in six weeks payment policy resumed last night and continued today morning.
Police has been battling students inside the university in halls of residence trying to keep them from moving outside to destroy people’s property.
Nonetheless, their colleagues living in hostels outside the university also went violent, barricaded roads and burnt tyres and other flammable objects.
Anti-riot police quickly rushed to man Kayihura’s multibillion Kare hostel located in Kikoni, west of Makerere University.
Students who stay in Kare hostel tell us there is a heavy police deployment at the premises.
Kayihura acquired the former Masaku Hostel at a staggering Shs 900m and then changed the hostel’s name to Kare Hostel sometime last year.
Meanwhile, police is also deployed at Muhika hostel and Douglas Villa in Kikoni where students had turned violent.
Police poured teargas canisters inside the hostels through the windows and on balconies to tame the rowdy students.
So far about 40 strike ringleaders have been arrested by police and locked away.
The defiant Makerereans vowed to fight on until the administration scraps the “unfair policy”.