Former Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine last evening took to his social platforms to demand for the release of Ivan Ssempijja, the Makerere University Guild President who was arrested with other students’ leaders on their way to the Ministry of Education to deliver a petition about critical issues affecting students.
According to Bobi Wine’s post, these students should be released unconditionally because protesting peacefully is not an offence.
“Because the regime has no answers even to the basic demands, they always resort to arrests and torture of anyone who dares speak on behalf of oppressed citizens. These students should be released unconditionally because protesting peacefully is not an offence. Waking to a ministry to deliver a petition should not be criminalised. This just speaks to how much they FEAR THE PEOPLE.” Part of Bobi Wine’s post reads.
Sempijja, his Deputy and two other students’ leaders were arrested when they were attempting to deliver a petition on issues like; removal of functional fees for students in light of COVID Pandemic, reversal of 12% internet tax to facilitate ease of accessibility to learning, halting the 15% cumulative tuition increment policy among others.
The students also demand for a comprehensive plan for full reopening of University for physical learning to continue, including a clear plan for mass vaccination of students.