We are not aware of the student arrests – Makerere University Communications Manager
There has been unrest at Makerere University for the past 4 days because of the 15% Tuition Policy.
By last evening, security officials were reportedly raiding halls of residence at the university and arresting students suspected to be part of the protests. Lumumba and Nkrumah halls were among the areas of residence targeted by a combined force of the police and army, with many students allegedly beaten in the process.
Witness accounts indicate more than 10 students were picked on the third day of the protest against the university’s fees policy. The arrests push the number of those in custody to more than 43, since the protests started on Tuesday.
Most of those detained were still being held at Wandegeya Police Station, alongside their Guild President Julius Kateregga.
However, the university communications manager, Dr Muhammad Kiggundu, said he was unaware of the arrests. “I am unaware of the arrest and I doubt my colleagues are aware.” He said.
He added that the students were responsible for the ongoing unrest at the institution. “I call upon the students to calm down because nothing can be resolved until their emotions are in control,” Dr Kiggundu said.
By press time, Buganda Road Magistrates courts had ordered for the immediate release of students but it had not been effected because the detained students refused to record statements and are accused of inciting violence.