President Museveni who is also the Chairperson of national resistance movement (NRM) has summoned the party parliamentary caucus to discuss among others the administration of Parliament Bill and the ongoing standoff at Makerere university over fees increment.
The caucus meeting is scheduled to take place today at state house Entebbe. In the recent meeting, Museveni the official visitor of Makerere University and the commander of armed forces, ordered for withdraw of Uganda people’s Defence forces (UPDF) from the University for Sanity as chaos took the center stage.
At withdraw of gun men, UPDF announced that they have arrested Capt Ronald Lubeera of Military Police, the officer who commanded the troops in Makerere University. “A board of inquiry led by Lt Col Richard Ochen Okum has been set up to establish details of what happened and findings will guide the next course of action.” Brig Richard Karemire the spokesperson of UPDF said.
Scores of students were nabbed at detained at Wandegeya police station. During eight days strike, guild president Julius Kateregga was arrested three times and on the last two occasions, he was detained at unknown place before being released.
When he appeared before parliamentary committee on education, the vice chancellor of Makerere University, Barnabas Nawangwe, said he had no hand in the deployment of security personnel who beat up students.
The strikes were staged over 15 percent cumulative tuition increment, a policy that was passed and will go for five years. The cumulative tuition policy is only applicable to new students.
He said the University central administration has since maintained, the 15 percent tuition increment policy and revoked suspension of two students, Mollie Spellia and Frank Bwambale however the two will face Makerere university disciplinary committee presided over by grade one magistrate.
Police and other security agencies engaged into running battles with students to curb chaos that ensued for eight days. Security organs broke into student’s halls of residence such as Mary Stuart and others in the latest reign of terror at the university where even disabled students were battered by the police and the army officers.
Since then, the vice chancellor has apologized to disabled students and vowed to compensate them for all they lost in the chaotic scenes.