Three Kabale university lecturers and about 15 students are currently behind bars for participating in a violent strike.
Police on Friday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to contain students who [carrying dangerous tools] marched from the office of the university guild president to attack the Academic Registrar.
The students Kikungiri based university in Kabale municipality wanted the registrar to explain why they have not had lectures since they reported for a new semester on September 15, 2016.
The strike comes at time when lecturers at the same University are protesting the failure by the administration to pay them salaries for the last 8 months.
According to the Kigezi Regional Police spokesperson, Elly Maate, the strike started at around 12pmwith students closing down the guild office, vice chancellor’s office and the university library.
Students later marched from the campus to the Resident District Commissioner’s office in Makanga where they were addressed by the deputy RDC, Dennis Nzeirwe.
Police commanded by Dickens Bindeeba, the District Police Commander, however moved in with tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry students out of the Kabale district headquarters.
Three lecturers including; Emmanuel Nkundizana, the KUASA chairperson, Annet Atusiime and Aidah Sunday and 15 students were arrested for inciting violence and rushed to Kabale Central Police Station.
According to John Bosco Mujuni, the Guild President, on top of the delayed lectures, students are also tired of living in dangerous health conditions due to scarcity of latrines.
Students also accused the vice chancellor Professor Joy Kwesiga of not being fit to be in office on top of maladministration.