Guild President, Ivan Ssempijja together with three guild ministers are out on
police bond. The guild ministers are Noella Awal, Ismail Katongole and Francine
The four regained
their freedom on Tuesday afternoon from the Central Police Station Kampala
following their arrest on July 26, 2021.
Police picked up the student leaders
on Monday on their way to the Ministry of Education and Sports to submit a
petition addressing student challenges during the pandemic.
Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson explains
that police detained the student leaders for inciting violence.
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Ssempijja has expressed their disappointment with the police, saying that they
decided to walk to the Ministry as the only viable means of transport because
of the suspension of both private and public means of transport.
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In their July 26, 2021 petition, the student leaders demanded a waiver on
functional fees, which is part of tuition. They argue that online studies did
not give students a chance to fully utilize items paid for like sports, halls
of residence and library among others.
They also demanded the reversal of the 12% internet tax, which they said makes online studies
that are running currently because of the pandemic, very costly for students. They also want the
university to halt the 15% cumulative tuition increment policy in light of the
COVID-19 pandemic and economic constraints.
Following the nationwide lockdown
announced on June 7, 2021, to contain the second wave of COVID-19, all
institutions of learning closed physical classes to learners and resorted to