Makerere University Guild President, Ministers arrested

Makerere University Guild President Ivan Ssempijja and his cabinet have been arrested.

The team has been moving to the Ministry of Education and Sports to deliver a petition about the fixer fees deducted from the students despite not being at the University.

The other issues included the reversal of functional fees for students in light of COVID Pandemic, reversal of 12% internet tax to facilitate ease of accessibility to learning.

Also the student leaders wanted a halt of the 15% cumulative tuition increment policy and a comprehensive plan for full reopening of University for physical learning to continue, including a clear plan for mass vaccination of students.

However, the student leaders were not allowed to reach the Ministry of Education as the Police tried to deter them from reaching the Ministry head quarters along Parliament Avenue. They have been arrested at the independence monument.

“We are currently trying to ensure that we get their unconditional release, allow them reach the Ministry of Education to deliver the petition,” says Roy Rugumayo, one of the students.

The leaders are currently being detained at the Central Police Station in Kampala.

The leaders, last week addressed the media on a number of issues, amongst which was a demand to waive the functional fees at the university since all students are studying online during the pandemic.

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