Students in various institutions of learning are rising up to demand the release of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu (Bobi Wine) who is facing charges related to illegal possession of fire arms before the General Court Martial.
Students at Makerere University, Kyambogo University and most recently at Bishop Stuart University (BSU) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) have threatened various forms of protest if the MP continues to be detained by the military.
Addressing press yesterday, the Kyambogo Guild President German Amanya said the student fraternity would not turn a deaf ear to what is taking place in the country.
The students at the government university threatened among others to boycott lectures and stop taking showers until the Kyadondo East MP and his colleagues regain their freedom.
In western Uganda at Bishop Stuart University, students petitioned the regional offices of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) where they presented their concerns about the MPs’ plight.
Initially, the students had planned to stage a demonstration at the campus but were advised by the administration to take a more formal measure.
One of the students Denmark Adios said “It is with downright consternation that we inform the Ugandan military, police, and the army engaged in beating and torture of unarmed civilians and journalists that they are mercilessly depriving their human rights dignity and practice of their profession.”
The students demanded that the military and police officials involved in these human rights violations be investigated and charged.
At Mbarara University of Science at Technology (MUST), the student guild leadership yesterday released an ultimatum of three days for government to allow Bobi Wine access to proper health care.
While addressing journalists at the university on Wednesday, MUST guild president Mike Katongole said every Ugandan who breaks the law should be arrested and taken to courts of law but not tortured.
“If nothing is done by Friday we are going to mobilize all universities in Uganda to join free Bobi Wine campaign,” Katongole said.