UPDF captain who commanded military raid at Makerere arrested

Friday November 1 2019

Makerere University female students exchanging

Makerere University female students exchanging with military police after they were blocked from marching to President Museveni's office at the OPM to deliver their petition over what they called unfair tuition increment on October 22, 2019  

By RISDEL KASASIRA

A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) officer who commanded a military raid at Makerere University during a students’ protest against 15 per cent fees increment has been arrested.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, said on Friday that Capt Ronald Lubeera is currently detained at Makindye military barracks.

“Capt Ronald Lubeera of Military Police has been arrested and detained at Makindye. He commanded the troops in Makerere,” he said.

Brig Karemire added that a board of inquiry led by Lt Col Richard Ochen Okum has been set up to establish details of what happened and findings will guide the next course of action against Capt Lubeera.

His arrest comes just days after President Museveni ordered for the withdrawal of military police from Makerere University premises. Mr Museveni on Tuesday said only the Uganda Police Force should maintain law and order at Uganda’s oldest public university.

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This followed reports of military and riot police clobbering students after breaking into their halls of residence at night.

Several students were hospitalised after they were allegedly brutalized by the military.

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