Police have arrested Makerere University Guild President Julius Kateregga and his colleague Ezra Byakutangaza, the Guild Speaker in connection with yesterday’s tuition increment strikes.
The two are being held at Wandegeya Police station on allegations of inciting violence leading to yesterday’s strikes.
Exclusive reports within police say the arrest of the two is a deterrent measure aimed at blowing out the strikes that have entered a second day.
A tough talking Kateregga warned Police of the actions of arresting students saying the entire student body is united in their cause and they would have to arrest every one if they are to contain the situation.
“Our demands are very clear, we seek the immediate reinstatement of Siperia Mollie from suspension, the immediate halting Of the cumulative tuition increment, immediate degazetting of the ‘Council’ Students Guild Electoral Reforms and immediate improvement of sanitation in Halls Of Residence. If we don’t get that, we shall not stop” Kateregga said.
Meanwhile, Kyadondo East member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine has commended the courage exhibited by Makerere students at the on going stikes.
“For starters, I must salute the courage of these young women. It gives me great pleasure to see women rise up to speak for social justice. This is evidence that our struggle has come of age- dictatorship and bad governance are in trouble.”
“In the same manner, I condemn the violent crackdown of a peaceful demonstration by unarmed students who are only expressing their frustration with an unfair and oppressive policy. It is not a crime to peacefully demonstrate! It is a right! Our struggle is about restoring fundamental human rights, as well as ensuring social justice for all citizens.”