Police Arrest Journalists Over Makerere Tuition Protest

Police Arrest Journalists Over Makerere Tuition Protest

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: Uganda Police and sister security operatives at Makerere University have arrested and driven three journalists to an unknown destination over covering the contagious students’ protest.

The arrested have been identified as Chris Ssemakula of Buganda’s BBS television, Lawrence Kitata of Bukedde newspaper, and Isaac Mumena, a BBC correspondent in Uganda.

As the strike entered the second week, lectures have on Tuesday, October 29 2019, been disrupted as police fired teargas to disperse the protestors who oppose a policy that sanctioned a 15 per cent cumulative increment on tuition over the next five years.

It is believed that the university management and student leaders earlier held a meeting but failed to agree and students vowed to continue with the strike after management said they would not revoke the policy.

However, Police and the minister of education Janet Museveni claimed the protest is being sponsored by the Opposition and according to Fred Enanga the Police spokesperson, payments made through mobile money platforms, are part of the various clues being followed to establish the triggers for the unending protests at Makerere.
“Already we have managed to get one of the Mobile Money points in Wandegeya where they draw money for their protests,” Enanga said.

Earlier, the minister informed the nation that most of the students on strike had been hired to cause disorder at Uganda’s oldest public university.
“That notwithstanding, I have learned with dismay that some of the people involved in this “demonstration” are not students from Makerere University or any other university for that matter. They are people who have made it their way of life to be paid to join any riot wherever it is happening. Apparently, the political opposition in this country – who are well funded “somehow” by some “unknown sources” – find it useful to pay unemployed young people to riot wherever and whenever they believe they see a viable opportunity.

the Police Spokesperson said

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