One student was killed yesterday in the rioting taking place at Makerere University.
The student identified as Ibrahim Sengendo was killed in a stampede between the police, the students and traders from Nakulabye near the junction of Makerere Hill Road and Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road.
The rioting broke out shortly after the Makerere University student guild declared a strike to protest the increase of fees for courses that are to be repeated. The repeated courses, commonly known as retakes, are an opportunity for students to redo courses and exams that they have failed.
A recent decision by the University Council increased the retake fees from about 6,000 shillings to over 150,000 shillings in some courses. The students complain that a decision to increase the retake fees was done arbitrarily and without proper consultation.
Some of the rioting students bought a coffin and demonstratED the death of their colleague. Many of the students for the most of yesterday left the university campus for surrounding areas in Nakulabye and Kasubi and looted shops and burning tyres on the roads.
Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kaihura, has offered to mediate in the conflict. He says he is offering his services to stop bloodshed in the university.
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