KAMPALA – President Museveni younger brother, Gen Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh, has denied ever authorizing a military raid on Makerere University during the strike over the 15% fees increment policy.
Gen Saleh on Thursday, November 7, 2019 met the university Guild President, Mr Julius Kateregga, and 25 other members of the university guild in Kapeeka, and assured them that he could not authorize such an action that resulted in the torture of students.
“We received an invitation from Gen Saleh who wanted to understand why we had gone on strike and why his name was being used by security agencies while quelling the strike. There were rumours that it was Saleh who had ordered the deployment of the army but he denied,” Mr Kateregga said in an interview at the weekend.
President Museveni on Friday also meeting university management and asked them who had deployed the military to quell the students’ strike, which culminated into serious beating up of students.
The President is reported to have said that he had tasked the IGP and the army leadership for a report on the matter.
The UPDF officer who commanded a military raid at Makerere University during a students’ protest against 15 per cent fees increment was arrested about 10 days ago.
Capt Ronald Lubeera is currently detained at Makindye military barracks and a board of inquiry led by Lt Col Richard Ochen Okum has been set up to establish details of what happened and findings will guide the next course of action against Capt Lubeera. His arrest cames just days after President Museveni ordered for the withdrawal of military police from Makerere University premises.