The Bishops observe that the amount of force used by some security agents while arresting protesting students of Makerere University, journalists and opposition groups over the recent weeks was uncalled and violated human dignity.
As the fighting and firing of teargas at Makerere scales down, there’s one voice whose lone idea was ignored as the University passed the now controversial fees policy last year. It is this policy that triggered a strike on October 22, which has since turned violent, with a joint force of the military and the police personnel raiding students’ halls of residence and battering those suspected to be part of the strike. Perhaps all this could have been avoided had Makerere listened to one lone voice, that of Marion Kirabo, a 23-year-old student of Law at the university. Kirabo, now in her 4th year of study, may not be a household name but she has been a leading voice on the “tuition must fall” campaign.
The university introduced Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery course in 2014 and admitted 33 students. They were among the over 2,000 students who graduated on Saturday at the University’s main campus.
Last week, President Museveni asked authorities at Lira University Teaching Hospital in Lira District to stop offering free medical services.
Ocen insists that the payment is done under co-funding scheme and it shall help the facility to enhance and continue providing better services.