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Gulu University students join Makerere's 'Fees Must Fall' strike

Students of Gulu University have threatened to stage a demonstration tomorrow

Students of Gulu University have threatened to stage a demonstration tomorrow

Gulu University students are set to stage a peaceful demonstration tomorrow Friday in a show of solidarity with their Makerere University counterparts against the 15 per cent cumulative tuition increment.

Under the controversial new fees policy approved by Makerere University Council in July 2018, tuition fees for all undergraduate courses are to be cumulatively increased by 15 per cent every academic year for the next five years. The policy has sparked protracted students protests since October 22 leading to running battles with security officers.

The protests are marred by a violent crackdown on students by the police backed by the military paralyzing business at Uganda’s biggest and oldest public University. Now, Gulu University students have written to Gulu district police commander, Emmanuel Mafundo seeking protection for their planned demo tomorrow.    

The students have pinned a write up on all Gulu University notice boards watermarked “Fees Must Fall."

“A demonstration is everyone’s right and the security forces were in the wrong when they unleashed terror on striking Makerere University students and vandalized their property in the process,” reads the notice in part.  

According to the notice, the demonstration is set to start at 9:45 am from the university main campus proceeding to Gulu town comprising of a maximum of 70 students. A concerned student in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment told URN on condition of anonymity that the demonstration will begin from the main campus to the offices of the resident district commissioner (RDC), LC V chairman, district education officer (DEO), and Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).   

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region police spokesperson, said he wasn’t in office to comment on the matter and requested more time to consult.

Comments

+1 #1 kabayekka 2019-11-01 02:25
If these young citizens of these universities persist with their demands they might just win a reprieve.

In these very hard times of unemployment, one wonders where they will obtain better paying employment and pay back the money that has been loaned to them as tuition fees.

The economic situation in the country is for the youth to pick up a hoe and a spade and to go in the countryside and work in Agriculture. Such an African employment on the modern continent of African means that it will take about 15 years to finish paying the increased tuition university fees.
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-7 #2 Wainanci 2019-11-01 02:26
Students are lucky to have peaceful and good Uganda.Not so long ago,in 80s ,Ugandans could not think of education.

They were robbed at gun point and murdered in big numbers.Now they complainof fees which is nothing to compared the lives they are living today and opportunities they have.Let them strike as long as they want.
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+2 #3 Zaitun 2019-11-01 10:24
Wainanci, are you a Ugandan from which village if not a refugee turned Ugndan like your boss in the State House?

If Ugandans experienced and continnue experiencing hell on earth, it is just due to your power hungry grand parents, the Museveni clan.

Be assured, your prolonged appetite to insult Ugandans, to erode their peacefulness, and spew insults at them will cost you everything you have accumulated over these dark years.
Yes, be reminded that "sorry comes after danger".
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+1 #4 Charles Dicken Oruk 2019-11-01 11:40
Wainanci, stop the NRA/M lies, where is it documented that students were killed in big numbers? In the 1980s who were the people killing Ugandans in and around Kampala and other parts of Uganda?

How many students of Makerere University were killed in 1980s? Is this not the same lies that , "the 1980" election was rigged? Yet none could prove it by presenting any court verdict. Do not forget that he who alleges has to prove the claim.
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+1 #5 Akot 2019-11-01 20:18
kabayekka, agreed

This is precisely why Students & Everybody MUST join hands to throw Museveni out or there is no future for any one except Museveni & family, tribal leaders & families, elites, army/police!

Who provides Museveni tax money to ensure he buys off those keeping him in post to rule for life, then what, after the demon is no more?

How many who were 30 years in 1986 are still alive & how do they live & what future is there for their children, grand kids?
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0 #6 Akot 2019-11-01 20:30
Zaitun,

Charles Dicken Oruk,

Thanks!

Is it not time Ugandans bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE to show Museveni way out?

Why is a Uganda without Museveni, more frightful to our people & will the demon live for ever?

Can Ugandans justify the reason the tribalistic system that locks them with migrant Museveni, but shuts the outside world out of their affaires?

Why are Ugandans helping Museveni own their country, treat them as slaves in the country formed by their tribal lands in which the demon has non, but is so firm in place because of the tribalistic systeme?

Why is UNITY, the only action needed to ensure Museveni is out without destroying any tribe, any region, not coming?

Even independent tribal states would leave Museveni no land to stand on, not even State House, right?
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0 #7 Wainanchi 2019-11-04 06:55
@Zaitun-- read my lips and my comments and suggestions sent to the address of the president of Uganda.

I am sorry to skip your name but now I will ask that you be traced and found and hanged for your balls.Pig!!!
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0 #8 Wainanchi 2019-11-04 06:57
Throw and unseat Museveni by striking Makrere students?/hahahaha hhihiihih.You make me laugh!!!!!Pigs!!!
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