By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party has condemned the brutality against Makerere University students.
This was during in a press conference held on Friday, October 25 where the ANT Deputy National Coordinator Alice Alaso said that the student’s right to freedom and expression should be respected.
Abubaker Matanda, the youth coordinator ANT urged authorities to withdraw the military from the university and cautioned the Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and other university administrators to reconsider their methods of addressing students’ grievances.
Makerere University students are protesting against the 15% tuition increment policy. It has also called on the military to withdraw from the institution.
The policy to increase tuition came into effect following a recommendation by the 2017/2018 Guild leadership which voted in favour.
According to the University’s manager of communications and International relations Dr Muhammad Kiggundu, the 15% tuition increment is only paid by first-year students.
He said that the increment was effected in the academic year 2018/19 and will last for five years. He emphasised that the 15% increment was not added to continuing students’ tuition.
Kiggundu said the University administration is willing to meet the University guild leadership to address students’ grievances at hand.
Over 100 students of Makerere were arrested and tortured during protests against the 2018 University Council’s decision to increase tuition by 15 per cent on all undergraduate programs every academic year.