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Makerere students threaten demo over Guild President’s arrest

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Makerere University students have threatened to hold a ‘massive’ demonstration on Saturday, protesting the arrest of their Guild President Roy Ssembogga. The students are also to demand for the re-opening of the university that was ordered closed by President Yoweri Museveni last week.

This development follows the arrest of Mr Sembogga and Guild members Clarke Natukunda and Joshua Kirega, early today at the main gate.

Police accused the trio of inciting violence and organising an unlawful procession but Ssemboga claims he got clearance from the Inspector General of Poilce Kale Kayihura, ‘to hold a peaceful march to Parliament’.

Other students arrested and bundled onto a waiting police pick up include Denis Mubiru, Paul Sanya Paul Mutumba and Dalton Nuwampira.

Last week President Museveni ordered for closure of Makerere University that is currently burdened by lecturers’ and students’ strikes.

On Monday Mr Ssemboga gave government an ultimatum up to Tuesday to communicate the date when Makerere would be re-opened.

He said failure to respond would result into a series of protest activities, including petitioning of the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.

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