Tear Gas As Kabale University Students Strike Top story

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Police has fired tear gas to contain students of Kabale University who staged a strike today. The students wanted the Academic Registrar to explain why they have not had lectures since they reported for a new semester on September 15, 2016.

Police has fired tear gas to contain students of Kabale University who staged a strike today. 

The strike started when students who were moving from the office of the university guild president attempted to attack the Academic Registrar.

The students wanted the registrar to explain why they have not had lectures since they reported for a new semester on September 15, 2016.

The strike comes at time when lecturers at the same University are protesting the failure by the administration to pay them salaries for the last 8 months.
 
The students also wanted to raid the office of the vice chancellor Professor Joy Kwesiga saying he is not fit to be in office.
 
Ainebyoiona Keveni, a student at the University says that they have for long been complaining about the poor state of the toilet facilities and spending two months without lecturers.
 
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Sarah Ayebare, another student accuses Professor Joy Kwesiga of maladministration. She says that the University should refund their money since they are not ready to teach them.
 
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It was when the students tried to force their way into the office of the Vice Chancellor that police moved in with tear gas and live bullets to contain the students.
 
This worsened the situation with the students deciding to take to the centre of Kabale town prompting a hide and seek game with the police. Most of the students who were dressed in the undergraduate gowns disappeared into the crowds before regrouping and heading to the district headquarters.
 
Pupils at Kikungiri primary school and students of Rock High School were also caught up in the confusion after tear gas was fired into the schools prompting the occupants to flee.
 
Henry Kisembo, a field force unit commander for Kabale district, says that they had no problem with the students expressing their grievances, but that they were becoming unmanageable.

He says there was no need for the students to attack the office of the Academic Registrar and that of the Vice Chancellor in addition to taking to the streets of Kabale town.

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Allen Babugura, the deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics, the only administrator that was at the University at the time of the incident, declined to comment on the matter.

By the time of filling this story, the students were still engaging the police in running battles in Kabale town, while others had managed to sneak into Kabale district headquarters at Makanga hill.

 

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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.


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.