Makerere University students have broken into former guild president Papa Were Salim’s room and burnt his property including woofers, flat screen and chairs as the anti-tuition increment protest escalates.
The students accuse Papa Were, missing since the strike broke out last week, of being the source of their current misery.
The former student leader was among the seven-member committee that travelled around East Africa to benchmark how tuition is handled in other universities.
The committee later recommended the 15 per cent cumulative policy which has now become a bone of contention.
The angry students have also paraded a coffin with Papa Were’s photo saying that they are going to bury him alive before burning his clothes.
Before the incident, police first interrupted the students’ scheduled general assembly in the Freedom Square.
The students were meeting to forge a way forward after the University Council last night rejected their demands of scrapping the cumulative tuition policy and instead resolved to scrap the increase on functional fees.
“The 15 percent adjustment in fees shall not apply to functional fees for the remaining period of implementation of fees structure adopted in July 2018. Functional fees shall be capped at the rate applied on the admission cohort for 2019/2020 academic year for the next three years,” reads part of the statement signed by the council chairperson Lorna Magara.
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