MPs demand Nawangwe resignation over brutality at Makerere University

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The leader of opposition in Parliament Hon. Betty Aol Ocan has condemned the manner in which Makerere University students have been handled during the 15% cumulative tuition increment protests. She stated the harassment and intimidation of students were unnecessary. This was during a press conference held at parliament. Hon. Mathias Mpuuga also expressed concern since the new tuition policy was never made known to parliament.

Nawangwe has come under fire as a group of legislators demanded his resignation, deeming him unfit to run the institution. This comes after the brutal treatment of students at the hands of the army and police. The legislators include Paul Mwiru, James Acidri, Florence Namayanja, Gerald Karuhanda, Barnabas Tinkasimire. They stated that the attacks on the halls of residence that saw numerous students beaten, rooms broken into, and property destroyed was disturbing and embarrassing to the government.

A student is forcefully carried into a police truck during the protests

Everybody in Uganda has a right to quality education and if the university administration brings a policy that is exclusive and resisted but forces its way through the army, then its an indictment on the institutions leadership – Maracha East MP James Acidri said.

The legislators promised to put the matter before the floor of parliament next week so as to understand the origin of the increments as well as seek answers from the government.

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