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.
The Chairperson of Uganda Episcopal Conference Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa signed the Statement Condemning Security Brutality In Maketere University Fees Policy Strike
The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Uganda has condemned the
brutality with which security responded to the Makerere University student
strike over fees.
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
In a statement signed by the Chairperson of Uganda Episcopal Conference Joseph
Anthony Zziwa, the Bishop of Kiyinda Mityana Diocese, the Bishops have termed
the brutality as abuse of power.
They called for respect of Article 24 and 44(a) of the Constitution which
mandates everybody to respect human rights and dignity.
“The same Constitutional Provisions guarantee the right to protection from
inhuman and degrading treatment by prohibiting any forms of tortureor cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” the statement dated November 08th
reads in part.
The bishops acknowledge the condemnation of the brutality by Members of
Parliament and Government; urging all parties in the disagreement to choose
dialogue over violence.
“It will not help to make our country a family where everybody can [not] live
in peace and harmony. We therefore call upon government to promote dialogue and
to always listen to the grievances of its citizens”.
The statement drafted during the November 4-8th Assembly of the Uganda
Episcopal Conference was released to the Press on Sunday by Father Phillip
Odii, the Executive Secretary for Social Communications.
It calls on individuals, communities and institutions to respect the rule of
law and endeavor to seek peaceful ways of resolving conflicts.
The Makerere University fees strike broke out on October 22nd as students
protected institution policy to annually increase tuition by 15 percent.
Students opposed to the increment assert that it will affect private sponsored
students and deny them basic fundamental human rights – education.
Although the violence has subsided, scores of students were injured or
suspended by University administration.