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Besigye condemns student arrests at Makerere University

Makerere University protests against 15 percent tuition increment.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Former President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Dr. Kizza Besigye has condemned the arrests and detention of students at Makerere University for protesting against the 15 percent tuition increment.

The increase in fees is being implemented so that all new students enrolling at Makerere University have to factor in a 15 percent increment.

It was passed by the University Council in June 2018. For the past two days, the university campus has been a hive of activity, as students engaged security agencies in running battles. Police used teargas and live bullets to pursue the rowdy students who are calling for the cancellation of the fees increment policy.

Several students including the Guild Speaker Ezra Byakutangaza and the Guild President Julius Kateregga were arrested.

Now, Dr. Besigye says Makerere University is a public institution that should not sanction such fees hikes. He contends that there is no way President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni would have studied if such conditions were created at the time he went to school.

Besigye says there is a continued wave of terror at Makerere University aimed at denying students their expression of discontent at hiking of tuition fees at the Government University.

“Yet you release soldiers, armed to the teeth with helmets and all kinds of things to go and terrorize and torture students who are simply complaining that the fees have become intolerable. Injustice! Economic injustice,” Besigye said on Thursday.

He added that: “We are talking about political injustice, where people have no political voice. The whole idea of living together is that we have equal rights but you know that we live in a country where we have no voice.”

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One comment

  1. It is unbeliever that in Uganda and in the 21st Century, it is the military armed for combat with the deadly AK47 assault rifles who are sent to face off female University students, who are only armed with manila paper protest posters.

    If this is not militarism and state terrorism, then what is it? It is now clear for the world to see that Ugandans necks are already under the ugly military boots of Mr. Museveni.

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