Police on Wednesday spent more than 8 hours engaged in running battles with Makerere University students who are protesting against the policy that requires them to have paid all the fees by the 6th week of the semester.
What began as a simple demonstration on Monday escalated on Wednesday with students hurling stones at law enforcement officers who in return responded with teargas.
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Police commanded by Kampala North RPC Wesley Nganizi, CPS DPC Aaron Baguma and the University Chief Security Officer Jackson Mucunguzi struggled for the better part of the day to contain the situation.
According to Mucunguzi, the students mobilized themselves on Tuesday night as they prepared to wreak havoc but that many had been arrested.
“We made some arrests on Tuesday night but the students remained rowdy; destroying the university property. We could not allow such hooliganism at the campus.”
The students on Monday demonstrated over what they termed as an unfair university policy that requires them to have paid 100 percent tuition fees by the 6th week of the semester.
On Tuesday evening, the university council held a meeting in which they agreed to extend the tuition payment deadline for another month from October 5 to 30to allow students more time to pay.
According to a document seen by Chimpreports and signed by Charles Wana-Etyem, the University Council chairperson, the extension was due to the breakdown of the automated fees collection system which had affected timely payment and registration.
“The policy has not changed and it will be as it has been always for the next semesters. The extension is for only this semester. The students need to know that the University needs the tuition in time so as to be able to pay lectures and other service providers,” said Namisango.
However, according to students, it’s unfair for the university management to put a deadline on tuition payment yet there is no deadline on service delivery.
“Let the students pay 60 percent by the 10th week and then by the time they sit for exams all fees have been cleared other than the 100 percent policy by the 6th week,” said Makerere University Guild information minister Davidson Ndyabahika.
The Information Minister insists some university officials are arrogant following recent engagements in a bid to see they come to a neutral ground hit a dead end.
Anti riot police remains heavily deployed at all entrances and inside the university in a bid to ensure peace at the Ivory Tower.