Security Closes Kabale University Over Protests

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Johnbosco Muhwezi, the Guild President Kabale University, says he was disappointed when a number of students who attempted to enter the university premises were turned away by anti-riot police.

Security has temporarily closed Kabale University over student's protests. The protests started on Friday with students demanding an explanation from management why they haven't had lectures since the new semester opened on September 15th, 2016. 



The students also protested the poor state of sanitary facilities and closure of the university clinic among other issues. They also attempted to raid the office of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joy Kwesiga saying she is unfit to be in office but were stopped by police. 




They descended on Kabale District Headquarters demanding the intervention of the Resident District Commissioner-RDC into their issues. As a result, three lecturers and 15 students were picked up by Police and held at Kabale Central Police Station until Saturday morning when they were released on bond.
 
 
The student's protest follows a decision by the lecturers to lay down their tool to demand the payment of their salaries for the last 8 months. Now, Kabale District Security has decided to close the university temporarily.
 
 
Denis Nzeirwe, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says the temporally closure is meant to prevent angry students from vandalizing property. According to Nzeirwe, any students who attempt to enter the University premises will be arrested for criminal trespass.
 
 
Professor Joy Kwesiga, the Vice Chancellor Kabale University, says they decided to close the university on advice from security.



 
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But the student leaders says the temporally closure of the university is uncalled for. Johnbosco Muhwezi, the Guild President Kabale University, says he was disappointed when a number of students who attempted to enter the university premises were turned away by anti-riot police. 



According to Muhwezi, the will resume their protests on Monday until their grievances are resolved. Keneth Mugisha, another concerned student regrets why he paid fees yet he has not got any service from the university ever since he reported on 17th September this year. 



He has vowed to join the strike on Monday if their issues are not resolved.

 

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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.


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