Dictator Yoweri Museveni's police deploy heavily on Makerere University premises
As early as 6am this morning, police was heavily deployed on Makerere University premises, this included the anti riot police and red top military. Students have been involved in running battles with the police as they engaged in riot. However, a ghastly silence has befallen the Mak campus ever since it was closed.
Following the closure of Makerere University yesterday by President Museveni, all students in hall and hostels have been directed to vacate resulting into fracas as students had to pack all their belongings within the shortest time possible and leave. Upcountry students have been stranded with some saying that they can’t just leave abruptly while they lack transport and means on short notice. International students have also been caught up in the same plight.
All this happened after a day-long strike that started with lecturers refusing to teach unless their salary arrears were met that thereafter turned violent when students organised a counter strike
Following orders from President Museveni, the ploice spokes person Andrew Felix Kaweesa issued crucial guidelines as regards the closure of Makerere University to guarantee safety of persons and property.
1. No student of any stature will be allowed on campus premises by 11am. Inclusive of student leaders, masters students, researchers. Even students at Kabanyoro, Mulago. Police will be around to institute this order and particular individuals found on campus premises will be dealt with.
2.All university facilities are to be closed inclusive of foot ball pitches, tennis courts, rugby grounds, lecture rooms, computer labs and the library.the only facility that will remain functional is the University hospital which will only be accessed by University staff.
3. All international students are advised to contact their respective embassies for visas and tickets back to their home countries. Those who will get stranded should seek for help from police.
4.Police will hold a meeting with all hostel managers to have hostel students leave their respective hostels too despite hostels being a private arrangement.This is because having them stay around is a source of insecurity as some hostels house former students who have ulterior motives to cause chaos as evidenced yesterday.
5. Parents should ensure their children reach home safely. Parents who double as staff and stay within campus, should devise from keeping students who are not their own in their homes. Even their own children who are students will stay in these homes not as students but as family members.
6. The police will soon make a communication about the arrested students at Wandegeya and CPS. Police won’t hesitate to arrest more students who want to cause chaos in and around the University.