Heavy Police Deployment at Kabale University Top story

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Dr. Joseph Tidyebwa, a lecturer at Kabale University, says they will not teach until the university council clears their salary arrears.

Police have deployed at Kabale University to foil a planned student's strike to protest the failure by lecturers to perform their duties. Our reporter visited Kabale university this morning and found heavily armed anti-riot police deployed on the campus.

According to the students, they have not had any lecture since they reported on September 15th. The students claim that they received information that lecturers decided to lay down their tools to protest nonpayment of their salaries for the past seven months.
 
 
Now, the students are demanding an explanation from the university council why they haven't had any lectures since they reported back for the new semester. Isaac Ayebare, one of the students, says the University administration has not offered them any explanation why the lecturers are not teaching.
 
 
Ayebare regrets paying tuition, adding that he is considering returning home and only return when the situation normalizes.
 

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Moses Niyonsaba, another aggrieved student says the failure by the administration to offer them an explanation left them with no option but to strike.
 
 
 
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Merab Ekyiyansimiire, another student says the presence of the anti-riot police will not stop them from pursuing their demands. Ekiyansimiire blames the university council for failing to pay the lectures their hard earned salaries. 

Dr. Joseph Tidyebwa, a lecturer at Kabale University, says they will not teach until the university council clears their salary arrears. Professor Ezra Mishambi Twesigomwe, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs Kabale University, downplays the claims by the students that they haven't had any lectures, saying are still in the orientation week.
 
  
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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.