The directive followed a request by the UCU guild president Timothy Kadaga on the basis of cumulative cases of thefts taking place in villages where a sizeable number of students reside. Kadaga said that several students had lost personal belongings and equipment through house break-ins, while others are waylaid by thugs, thumped and robbed.
Phillips Acidri, the Speaker Gulu University Council, said they are discontented with the new policy, saying it will produce half-baked doctors.
After the disagreement Nyangkol ordered Field Force Unit police officers at the scene to intercept the students but they rejected the orders. The officers then used teargas to disperse the rowdy students.