Pressure Builds on Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Closes Makerere University

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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni ordered late Tuesday for a temporary closure of Makerere University as bad blood builds between Lecturers and government over pay.

“I Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda has this 1st day of November 2016, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution and Section 26(2) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, decided to close Makerere University with immediate effect,” the statement reads.

Students had earlier engaged police in running battles around the university demanding the resumption of lectures which were suspended by the striking academic staff.

Lecturers at the region’s former prestigious university laid down tools demanding for nine months accrued arrears.

Uganda’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye said it was ridiculous for government to claim that it does not have the resources to pay the striking lecturers.

There is heavy deployment of security personnel at Makerere University to compel students to vacate halls of residence as anger and discontent builds.

“As early at 6am on Wednesday, police had deployed at all halls of residence to oversee the president’s directive” Daily Monitor newspaper wrote on its online version.

Police has threatened to arrest defiant students who will remain in halls of residence following the directive.