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Police Arrests Makerere Students Over Protests

A total of 10 students at Makerere University were on Monday arrested by the police during a protest by the students against online lectures.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the students were arrested for inciting violence and will be investigated further.

The students were mobilized by the Guild President Shamim Nambasa who had been calling for students to rally behind the cause. Nambasa says they had  tried to have dialogue with the University management but nothing seemed to come out of it.

Despite the arrests, Nambasa says they will continue to protest the online lectures because students can’t pay tuition and functional fees then study from home.

Nambasa says the online lectures leave out many other students who do not have laptops and those that with disabilities.

The University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nuwangwe says they are making arrangements to resume physical classes.

 “We are working out a road map for possible full opening of the university for face to face teaching and learning in the shortest possible time, hopefully by the second semester. In order to achieve this, we have made arrangements to vaccinate all students against Covid-19. Currently, only 20 percent of the students are vaccinated,” he said.

Only first year students are allowed at the University until after 5 weeks.

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