Police block Besigye from heading to Makerere University

Friday December 2 2016

Police block former presidential candidate Dr

Police block former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye from leaving his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District. Besigye was supposed to attend a fundraising ceremony at Makerere University for lecturers allowance amounting to Shs28 billion. PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA 

By Damali Mukhaye and Alex Esagala

Police has blocked former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye from leaving his Kasangati home in Wakiso District to Makerere University where he was expected to lead a fundraising ceremony for lecturers’ unpaid Shs28billion incentive arrears.
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.
While addressing journalists this morning, Besigye said he has Shs3 million and a cow which he intends make as a personal contribution towards payment of the lecturers whose strike was part of the reason president Museveni closed the university on November 1.

Meanwhile, security at the university has been tightened ahead of Besigye’s fundraising ceremony to take place at Freedom square.
The O/C Makerere, Mr Denis Kasibante said only people working in the university banks, construction sites, church and Infectious Diseases Institute were allowed in the premises after presenting work IDs.
“National IDs are not allowed. Only work IDs are allowed,” said Mr Kasibante amid tight security at the university main gate.