According to Dr Tusasirwe, the courts were initially not designed as rights enforcement mechanisms but as instruments of law and order and regulation of transactions such as business, land and marriage among others. He argues that in their current state, courts look at enforcement of rights as a secondary role.
The university has been the theatre of violence and the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies, as students challenged a 15 per cent cumulative increment on tuition and functional fees. The increment, which started this academic year, will affect all first-year students, for the next five years.
Dr. John Emenyu, the Chairperson of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association –MUSTASA said the staff have laid their tools as a last resort after the university council failed to handle their issues with urgency.
The suspects include mechanics, vendors and small business operators from Kisekka, Nasser Road, Nakasero Market and Katwe. Only 33 out of the 50 suspects who were locked up at CPS are on the charge sheet.
Prof Gilbert Bukenya, the former Vice President who is also the Party president of Party for National Unity says police was informed about this. He has however criticized police for working for the current regime.