Journalists, students without IDs denied access to Makerere University

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The Uganda police today stepped up efforts to maintain calm at Makerere University by deploying at all entrances. These included university gates as well as footpath access routes. Every individual had their bags thoroughly checked and some were questioned about the purpose of their visit to the university.

It has now been revealed that the measure was enforced in order to block journalists from accessing the university. In addition, students were required to display university IDs or admission letters prior to being allowed into the university. Many were caught unawares by the police operation and were sent away after failing to show the relevant documents.

Students lineup for a security check at the main gate

Police have deployed heavily on campus as well as in the surrounding areas of Wandegeya, Kikoni, and Kikumi-Kikumi where most students reside. Anti-riot police also conducted foot patrols and were called into action to disperse students who had blocked Sir Apollo Kaggwa road. Students and staff without their identity cards have been turned back by security at all the university gates and bags are also being thoroughly checked by the security officers for weapons.

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