At least 20 Makerere University students were arrested on Tuesday during their protest against 15 percent cumulative tuition increment.
The students were intercepted by the military and riot police as they attempted to march to the president’s office to petition Mr Museveni to scrap the policy that was reportedly approved by the university council last year.
A group of Makerere University students on Tuesday stormed Wandegeya police station demanding for the release of their colleagues arrested for protesting tuition increment.
At least 20 students from the university were arrested on Monday for protesting 15 percent cumulative tuition increment.
The university council last year approved the cumulative increment for five years. After five years, each student will be required to pay 75 percent more.
The students who were led by their Vice President Judith Nalukwago attempted to march to the President's office at OPM to petition President Museveni to scrap the policy but were intercepted by police and soldiers before their colleagues were arrested.
“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," Ms Nalukwago said.
However, the students were intercepted outside the university the gate by soldiers and police before they were arrested.
The students are currently detained at Wandegeya police station pending investigations. However, Makerere University Vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe says the students should stop de- campaigning the tuition policy at this time because it was approved by the university council. According to him, the students will not achieve anything by protesting.
“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 in telephone interview with this reporter.
Soldiers, LDU and police remain heavily deployed at the university.
The students said the policy which will see them pay additional 75 percent of their tuition in five years’ time was unfair as some of them have already been forced into “selling their bodies” in order to meet fees obligations at the university.
“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," the students’ vice guild president, Ms Judith Nalukwago said