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Makerere guild president arrested as strike grips campus 

Papa Were (centre) with other students at Makerere University on Monday morning: PHOTO BY JAVIIRA SSEBWAMI

MAKERERE – Police in Kampala on Monday morning arrested Mr Papa Salim Were, the guild president Makerere University, as students went on strike, protesting fees increment among other issues.

Mr Were was picked from the University’s freedom square as he mobilised students to strike against “draconian policies”, and seek an immediate explanation from the vice chancellor concerning pressing issues including the scrapping of meals for government-sponsored students.

According to Mr Martins Kato, the information minister,  Mr Papa has been taken to unknown destination.

“H.E [His Excellency] Papa Were has been arrested and taken to a place not known to us. Let us come together and get our commander in chief out of the cell,”  the information minister wrote on social media.

At the weekend, Mr Were declared the students had decided to take action in protest, after Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the University Vice Chancellor skipped a consultative meeting intended to find long lasting solutions to the issues, key among them  including unfair justification fees increment, scrapping meals for students in halls, evening classes, sexual harassment and several others.

The students are demanding for a clear explanation from the University officials on what they have termed as “draconian policies”.

Salim Papa Were swears in as Makerere guild president.

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