Makerere students arrested, suspended over strike

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Arrested Makerere students

Makerere University has suspended three students for protesting the 15 per cent tuition increment which was passed by the university council.

The students accuse the university council of not consulting a big number of stakeholders before increasing the tuition.

The Monday strike started from Lumumba hall of residence. It was, however, suppressed by police.

The university guild president, Papa Were Salim, said about 16 students were arrested for engaging in disruptive activities.

Management then instructed the Chief Security Officer to kick three students [ring leaders] out of the institution.

They are; Obbo Johnson Emmanuel, a student of Bachelor of Arts in Education, Frank Bwambale a student of Journalism and Communication and David Musiri a student of Bachelor of Office and Information Management.

University vice chancellor, Barnabas Nawangwe, accused the students of engaging in disruptive behaviour and organising illegal demonstrations which he said often have a profound impact on the image of the university and the entire Higher Education sector.

“In this regard, I have received a report that on September 10, 2018, you alleged to have been involved in an unsanctioned demonstration in Lumumba Hall despite the fact that you are not a resident of that prestigious hall.”

He added: “During the said illegal demonstration, you are further alleged to have disrupted lectures at the College of Business and Management Sciences by forcing students out of the lecture rooms thus interfering with the teaching function.”

 

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