Communication through police walkie-talkies went out saying that the drones were cited around the Main Library, which was a beehive of activity as the Police used teargas and live bullets to foil a planned General Assembly called by Students to discuss the ongoing standoff.
A student rushes out of the Makerere Main Library where teargas was fired to reading students.
Security teams deployed at
Makerere University have said that they are monitoring unknown drones that are hovering
over the university campus.
Communication through police
walkie-talkies went out saying that the drones were cited around the Main
Library, which was a beehive of activity as the Police used teargas and live
bullets to foil a planned General Assembly called by Students to discuss the
The students had started
gathering in the university freedom square located in from of the Main
administration building at around 10 am on Wednesday, for an address by their
guild leaders. But shortly before the meeting, rumours circulated that the guild
president Julius Kateregga had been kidnapped while on his way to NBS
Television, for a morning talk show.
The news delivered by Judith
Nalukwago, the Vice Guild President, sent them into a frenzy, starting fresh
spates of unrest at the institution. students at Makerere University have been
engaged in running battles with security personnel for a week now as they
protest against the 15 per cent tuition and functional fees cumulative
increment, part of a new fees structure approved in July last year.
The students had hoped that their
issues would be resolved in a council meeting held on Tuesday. However, the
council maintained the tuition increment and only halted changes on functional
fees. It is this decision that the students wanted to deliberate on when they
planned to meet this morning before they were dispersed by security.
Sounds of teargas canisters and
smoke covered the part of the university from Lumumba Hall and an area which is commonly known as Kikumi-Kikumi. The main entrance to the university is still manned by Counter-Terrorism Police while inside the university, police are in sight at every
In the middle of the fracas, Students
at Nkrumah Hall threw out property belonging to Papa Were Salim, the Former
Guild President whom they accuse of betrayal. They also carried a mini-coffin
with posters of the Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, his PA Gordon
Murangira and Professor Eria Hisali, the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor in
charge of Finance and Administration as they chanted “Fees Must Fall”
A high ranking police officer
deployed at Makerere University told URN that the police on the ground had
cited unknown drones covering events happening at the institution and that the developments
were being monitored.