Police foils night strike at Makerere

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Students burning flammables

Police said it suppressed a strike that had broken out at Makerere University Wednesday night.

Earlier reports had indicated that the students had started a fresh strike over fees increment and suspension of their colleagues.

Gunshots and teargas were reported in Kikoni as students clashed with police officers who have been deployed at the institution since the Tuesday strike.

“Tear gas and bullets as students protest tuition increment and the illegal suspension of those that opposing the increment. Wandegeya, Kikoni, Makerere a no go area,” said Doreen Nyanjura, the LC5 Woman Councillor Makerere University.

Nyanjura had earlier criticised the university vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe on what she termed as illegal dismissals and suspensions of students.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire, said at around 9pm that the situation had been brought under control.

“A few students after a football match tried to bring traffic at a standstill because they were not satisfied with the results. We have handled the situation and everything is now normal,” Luke said.

It came a day after the university suspended students for engaging in disruptive activities and breaching of the Makerere University Students Regulations Statutory Instrument 2015 No.37.

They are; John Kisitu, Muyambi Mbabazi Julius, Ronald Baligye, Ian Ndamwesige and Asiimwe Nkamushaba.

Ms. Marion Kirabo was let off with a warning.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party pointed out: “Power gets to be switched off when students are protesting at night? Every student at Makerere and surrounding areas must be protected because it is within their constitutional right to protest.”

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