Following a demonstration organized earlier today morning by Makerere University students over tuition increment, a group of over 15 girls was arrested in the process and they are currently being held at Wandegeya Police station.
Judith Nalukwago, the Vice Guild President who was among the leaders that spearheaded the demo cried out to President Museveni that some of them (female students) sell their bodies to raise tuition before urging him to scrap the new policy.
“This university is for poor students. Those who increased the tuition have their children studying outside this country. Some of us are here selling our bodies to get tuition. Mr President we are your Bazukkulu. Please halt this policy and relieve us from selling our bodies,” Nalukwago cried out.
Led by Nalukwago, the group attempted to march to the President’s office over the same matter before being intercepted by police in Wandegeya. After waiting for hours for their colleagues to be released, another group has this afternoon stormed Wandegeya police station demanding immediate release of their friends.
While commenting about today’s demo, the Makerere University Vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe advised students to stop de- campaigning the tuition policy because they will not achieve anything out of it.
“Tell those few student de-campaigning the policy at this time to stop because it was approved by the university council. They should not use that method they are using,” Prof Nawangwe said.
It should be recalled that the university council last year approved a cumulative increment for five years. According to the policy, each student will be required to pay 75 percent more after five years.