Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, the
leader of the People Power movement has launched a student’s wing dubbed “students’
According to Kyagulanyi, “students’ power movement will be the epicenter
of ‘shaking up the nation’ to cause the long-awaited liberation.
More than 700 students drawn from 240 public and private
institutions of higher learning across the country witnessed the launch at
Kyagulanyi’s home in Magere in Kasangati in Wakiso district on Tuesday.
Student activism is a widely known phenomenon where students
rally themselves and other citizens to cause political, environmental,
economic, or social change.
Although often focused on schools, curriculum, and
educational funding, student groups have influenced greater political events as
The Kyadondo East Legislator, who has already
indicated his intention to vie for presidency, says he has been moved by the
student’s spirit showcased during their protests against oppressive policies.
Kyagulanyi says the students’ movement is going to be a special
wing of the revolution, which will deliver the message of change to communities
given the fact that many people believe in students whom they see as
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Benjamin Katana, the People Power Movement Legal Advisor,
says they have chosen to take the struggle to students after noticing their
courage and desire to challenge the status quo.
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Roy Ssemboga, the Coordinator of Education Institutions in the
People power Movement, says that as students they have decided to join the
struggle because of their conviction that the people power ideology seeks to
address the question of the time, which are critical to the youth and students looking
forward to a better future.
Ssemboga disclosed that destiny has called
them and they have answered by shaking off their sleep to check on government excesses.
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Kyagulanyi warned the students who
have chosen to join the struggle of a rough road ahead of them.
He says the
challenges will range from being subjected to brutality, intimidation and
attempts to buy them off. He asked them to keep their eyes on the ‘crown'.
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The development comes at the backdrop of the government’s
assertion that several political actors are behind different student protests in
public universities with the latest being at Kyambogo and Makerere Universities.
At the height of the Makerere University protest against the
cumulative fees increment last week First Lady and Education Minister, Janet
Kataha Museveni claimed that the striking students had been bribed by opposition
politicians to oppose government.