General Salim Saleh has paid out Shs21 million to 21 students of Makerere University whose property was damaged during recent protests against the 15 percent tuition increment.
Gen Saleh made the payment while meeting student leaders in Kapeeka, Nakaseke District on November 7.
The Guild Finance Minister, Mr Patrick Nsamba, said Gen Saleh paid out the money after receiving stories of the havoc caused when UPDF soldiers broke into students’ halls of residence and destroyed property.
“Out of goodwill, the General condemned the act of brutality by the military and sympathized with the victims of this act. It was this spirit that he decided to make a personal compensation up to a tune of 21 million shillings to these students,” Mr Nsamba said.
He listed the beneficiaries of the money as Tadeo Nyakoojo, Abiney Kitooke, Ivan Oyesigye, Philip Winner Byonaniwe, Godfrey Kamukama, Micheal Tayebwa, Arnold Arinaitwe and Nicholas Kwesiga. Others are Joseph Mukamba, Alfred Taremwa, Micheal Maganda, Derrick Ndyamuhaki, Albert Lotyang, Patrick Nsamba, Emmanuel Cherotich, Patrick Ssenyonjo, Ivan Kanabo, James Ssebidde and Nelson Mugisha
The students lost Television sets, utensils, mobile phones, laptops, rice cookers, students and among others. Capt Ronald Lubeera, the UPDF officer who commanded the military raid was arrested. His arrest came just days after President Museveni ordered for the withdrawal of military police from Makerere University premises.