Nalukwago, who is the acting guild president, fired the guild prime minister, Emmanuel Obbo early this week for issuing a communication indicating that they had called off the strike.
"Right now there is still tension at the university and because this strike was student-led and not led by leaders. It is the students to call it off…I condemn anyone who has gone out to media platforms assuming to be speaking on behalf of the students that this demonstration has been called off. This was a students demonstration and they are ones who have a right to call it off. And I am sure the students are going to continue with their demonstrations till when their demands have been met." said Nalukwago.
On October 31, vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe issued a statement asking students to immediately return to class, saying normalcy was gradually returning to the university albeit with some hiccups. He said the semester would continue as planned and reminded students that examinations will commence on November 18 as scheduled.
Nalukwago says they will not be forced to return to class, adding that they will continue demanding for a hearing. Students want the university to recall the 15% tuition increment, reinstate all suspended students and withdraw security from Freedom Square, a converging area for students.
Nalukwago also told journalists that Prof Eria Hisali, the principal of college of Business and Management Science together with Gordon Murangira, the personal secretary to Nawangwe should be investigated and perhaps suspended for their role in brutalizing students.
She accuses the two especially Hisali of sanctioning security to mishandle students. Apart from brutally arresting students, the military police officers entered Mitchelle and Lumumba halls on October 24. They beat up students and destroyed property.
The operation is said to have been led by Captain Ronald Lubaare, who was arrested on Friday for his role in the saga. Nalukwago says that while the arrest of Lubeera is a good step, the real master minders of the brutality have not been dealt with.
The students have also threatened to sue the university for violating their freedom of assembly and association, freedom of speech, failure to protect its own students against security forces and destruction of property. Joshua Katabazi, a law student, says the University needs to answer about their actions and compensate the affected students.
The impasse at Makerere started on October 22nd, 2019 with students protesting the 15% cumulative tuition increment policy adopted by the University in 2018. Under the policy, tuition at Makerere is to be increased by 15% every academic year for the next five years.
Students say they are ready to cooperate with the committee and will provide all necessary information to help during the investigation.