Govt Tightens on Makerere: No One Allowed Inside Varsity

Government through Uganda Police Force has tightened the noose around Makerere University students following its indefinite closure through an executive order from President Museveni on Tuesday evening.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday morning, more about police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said as a security measure, they deployed all around the university and that students will not be allowed at campus until it is reopened.

“Whether it is student leaders, those doing masters, researchers or any other students are ordered to leave the university .Makerere is totally closed out of any student activities,” Kaweesi told journalists on Wednesday.

Student stranded at the main gate

Student stranded at the main gate

“International students are advised to contact their respective embassies and High Commissions to make arrangements for their travel back to their respective countries. Anybody who gets stranded that he can’t get means of going back to their countries should contact us.”

The police mouthpiece said even the facilities of the university including the playgrounds, library, halls of residence and many others are out of operation.

He noted that the nearby hostels are also urged to close and disallow students from using their facilities.

Police is maintaining heavy guard of the campus

Police is maintaining heavy guard of the campus

“The operation started at 7 am and by 11 am, all students are expected to be out of the university premises. Students at Mulago and Kabanyoro farm are also asked to return home because it is all part of the university.”

Kaweesi urged parents to pick their children from the university, warning that some political elements would want to use them for their own benefit.

“Whenever students are vulnerable, they get involved in political activities which breach peace and security but we are cautioning them against being used by politicians.”

However, the Guild president Roy Ssembogga said the decision to close the university was unfair to students who were the victims of the strike by lecturers.

International students have been asked to contact their respective embassies

International students have been asked to contact their respective embassies

“How can an international student be told to pack his belongings back home? A lot of money is to be wasted in the process as well as missing studies by the students,” Ssmbogga said.

Police remains heavily deployed at the Ivory Tower as students are seen leaving with their luggage back home.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura is has camped at the university in a bid to oversee the situation at Makerere.



Header advertisement
To Top