Uganda: 15 Arrested As Makerere Students Protest 15% Tuition Increment

Makerere University.
22 October 2019

At least 15 students from Makerere University have been arrested for protesting 15 percent cumulative tuition increment.

The university council last year approved the cumulative increment for five years. After five years, each student will be required to pay 75 percent more.

The students who were led by their Vice President Judith Nalukwago were trying to march to the President's office at OPM to petition President Museveni to scrap the policy.

"This university is for poor students. Those who increased the tuition have their children studying outside this country. Some of us are here selling our bodies to get tuition. Mr President we are your Bazukkulu. Please halt this policy and relieve us from selling our bodies," Ms Nalukwago said.

However, the students were intercepted outside the university the gate by soldiers and police before they were attested.

The students are currently detained at Wandegeya police station pending investigations. However, Makerere University Vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe says the students should stop de- campaigning the tuition policy at this time because it was approved by the university council. According to him, the students will not achieve anything by protesting.

"Tell those few student de-campaigning the policy at this time to stop because it was approved by the university council. They should not use that method they are using," Prof Nawangwe said in telephone interview with this reporter.

Soldiers, LDU and police remain heavily deployed at the university.

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