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Four Bukalasa College Students Arrested

Ahmed Musakana the Luweero District Police Commander says that the students were arrested after they started to pelt stones at officers to vacate the premises so that they burnt down the hostels.
The Guild President Ernest Ayen while being arrested on Tuesday . He is being detained at Luweero Central Police station
Four students of Bukalasa Agricultural College in Luweero District have been arrested.

On Tuesday, over 1,800 students led by their Guild President, Ernest Ayen staged a strike protesting the poor sanitary conditions at the college, lack of practical lessons and lack of value for the high tuition charged at the college.  

Police responded by firing teargas at the students and arrested the Guild President Ernest Ayen to end the strike in vain.

To date, the students have refused to return to classes and Police. On Thursday, the police arrested four more students on allegations that they were mobilizing students to burn down the hostels.

Those arrested have been identified as Sula Ndawula (19), Paul Kimbowa (21), Collins Nahabwe (29) who pursues certificate and Diploma in Agriculture. The fourth student Godfrey Tindi (19) is pursuing Diploma in Home economics.

Ahmed Musakana the Luweero District Police Commander says that the students were arrested after they started to pelt stones at officers to vacate the premises so that they burn down the hostels.

Musakana adds that the suspects were picked inside the girls’ hostels where they were found mobilizing girls.

The students are being detained at Bukalasa Police Post waiting to record statement and face charges.

By time of filling the story, the college is still tense as students protest the arrest of the guild and other students.

A student guild representative who preferred anonymity for fear of arrest says that the strike is peaceful but Policemen deployed at the campus are the ones who have created unnecessary tension through threatening the students.

Other students say they will not call off the strike until the arrested students are released.

By 2; 30pm, the Bukalasa Agricultural College Principal, Gelvan Kisolo Lule was held up in the meeting with College staff to discuss the strike and forge a way forward. 

 There is also a planned meeting later in the day involving District Police Commander, Resident District Commissioner and Students’ Representative to resolve the matter.

Early on Kisolo said that some of the issues that include renovating the toilets are being handled but other demands were not genuine. 

He also noted that Police was right to arrest any student so longer found to be in breach of the peace.

 The Guild President Ernest Ayen applied for Police bond but till now officers have rejected the request and is still detained at Luweero Central Police Station.