Police warns FDC against fundraising to open Makerere - Daily Monitor

Police warns FDC against fundraising to open Makerere

Friday December 2 2016

Vehicles move in and out of Makerere University

Vehicles move in and out of Makerere University main gate recently. PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA 


Police have warned the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party against their planned fundraising campaign to open Makerere University which they had planned to conduct today at the university.

Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye said after consulting different stake holders like former students, lecturers, students and parents, they agreed to solicit funds from the public so as to raise the Shs28billion to pay lecturers.

Dr Besigye had given the government a 10-day ultimatum to re-open the university or he mobilises the public to storm the university.
Besigye, however, noted that they dropped the violent means as they had planned earlier because they do not want more bloodshed and opted to solicit for money from the public.

The four-time presidential candidate added that they are assembling today at the Freedom Square at Makerere University to collect the money to pay lecturers.

“The academic staff are willing to go back to class if we raise for them some money as we plan where to get the balance,” Dr Besigye added.

However, Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said police will not allow FDC to conduct any function at Makerere because the university is closed.

“We wrote a warning letter to the party secretary general informing them that the function will not take place because Makerere is closed so how will they access the university when the gates are closed?” Mr Kayima said.