19 February 2013

Uganda: Makerere Students Appear in Court Over Strike

Photo: Newvision
Striking Makerere students at Wandegeya Police Station.

Twenty Makerere University students arrested during a strike are yet to be arraigned in court law today (Tuesday).

"These are mature men and women with a sound mind; they must pay for their sins. We don't want to go beyond 48 hours which are elapsing tomorrow. As soon as the file is sanctioned, we shall take them to court," Samuel Omara the officer in charge of operations, Kampala Metropolitan North, said.

Omara said that they had earlier arrested ten during the day, but in the night more nine students were arrested.

He identified some of the suspects held at Wandegeya Police Cells as Javira Kugenyi, Jacob Eyeru, Peter Lowestain, Paul Kiggundu, Peter Sensalo, Lionel Muhwezi, Clinton Kanyali, Gloria Katushabe, Emmanuel Nyiro, Samuel Kanamuwanje, and Gordon Lule.

Omara said some of the suspects were arrested past midnight with machetes at Professor Dungu's premises with intent to behead him.

Police on Monday spent the day in running battles with students after they resumed their strike, protesting a policy which requires private students to pay at least 60% of their tuition fees in the first six weeks of the semester.

The 60% tuition policy was passed by the university council, the university's supreme decision making body in 2005.

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