Striking Makerereans beat up guild president


Makerere university students on strike in March 2015 led by Bala David Bwiruka. PHOTO KATUMBA BADRU/ Campus Times

Striking Makerere University students have taken matters into their own hands and beaten up the guild president, David Bala Bwiruka.

Donning red gowns, students this morning marched across the campus protesting the 100% tuition within 6 weeks policy.

They had earlier went on strike in March this year over the same forcing the administration to rescind the decision.

However, the university has once more given them an ultimatum to clear all fees or else they miss out on exams.

The angry students raided the main the building waving placards inscribed “we need more time to pay tuition.”

They were checked by anti-riot police that is still deployed at the university.

There was also a running battle between students and police at Livingstone hall near Kikumi Kikumi neighbourhood.

Guild president beaten

While the students demanded that administrators meet and address them on the matter, their guild president Bwiruka and President Makerere Law society, Edwin Mugumya, “chickened out” and instead denounced the strike.

The self-proclaimed tiger [Bwiruka] did not stop at denouncing the strike but also dared force his will onto the students.

Flanked by other student leaders, Bwiruka who led the March strike, now tried to stop students from demonstrating at the university’s Freedom Square.

He gathered the rowdy students and tried to calm them down but instead they turned more violent.

A student who participated in the strike explains how they booed down their guild and moved to lynch him on site.

As he tried to explain himself, angry students started throwing punches and slaps at the guild president accusing him of cowardice and treachery.

They also accused him of being bribed by administration and trying to use them for media attention.

“He [Bwiruka] stood there speechless as some slaps and punches landed on his face,” a student told us.

The students grabbed Bwiruka’s coat and meant to drag him off for more rough justice.

On a brighter side, the student continued, Bwiruka managed to dodge some slaps before anti-riot police came to his rescue and rushed him to the heavily guarded main building.

The university council is set to meet tomorrow and address students’ grievances.

Soroti students arrested over strike

Meanwhile, Police at Soroti Central Police Station is holding 15 students of Light Senior Secondary School for allegedly participating in a violent strike.

Police told URN the students of Light SSS held a violent strike and destroyed school property, prompting the arrest.

The Police spent several hours on Saturday night battling the angry students, who wanted a farewell party to end at 10:00 pm, yet the school administration insisted on 6pm.

According to URN, the students were picked up from the school on Saturday night while others were arrested on Sunday morning.

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