11 February 2019

Uganda: Armed Makerere Staff Chased Out of University Meeting

Mr Amos Dembe, a Makerere University staff was on Monday thrown out of the staff assembly after he was found armed with a pistol gun.

The Makerere University academic staff association vice chairperson, Mr Edward Mwavu asked the police officers around to disarm Mr Dembe after learning he was carrying a gun. Mr Dembe is an internal auditor at the institute of public health, Mulago.

Mr Mwavu said that they could not continue with the meeting if one of their staff was armed.

"Officer, one of our staff has a gun and I am requesting you to disarm him immediately or you take him out of our meeting," he directed.

Mr Dembe on hearing that, walked out. He was escorted by the Officer in Charge at Makerere University Police Station, Nickson Okello.

Mr Okello said that Dembe is a security operative and he was not aware that he (Okello) is a staff at Makerere asserting that ISO is going to investigate further.

"He is a security operative only that some people are in uniform while others are in plain clothes, but all I can assure you is that his gun is lawful," Mr Okello said.

Meanwhile, Mr Dembe returned to the meeting after dropping his gun in one of the offices in the Main building.

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