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Moses Mugerwa, a student says they saw police officers from the Field Force Unit pushing vendors outside the ward but resorted to using teargas when they faced resistance.
Students flee from lecture room as teargas carnister is thrown in their classroom.

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Ophthalmology students attached to the eye clinic at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital missed their examinations on Monday when police used teargas to disperse vendors who had taken refuge in the Eye ward.

Students scampered for dear life after a teargas canister landed in one of their lecture rooms. 

In December last year, Jinja Regional Referral Hospital passed a resolution to evict over 135 vendors operating on part of the hospital land to pave way for the construction of nursing quarters.

As a result, dissatisfied vendors decided to construct wooden kiosks within the road reserve. 

The decision didn’t go down well with the central division, which deployed enforcement officers backed with police on Monday to disperse them. 

The vendors engaged police in running battles and they pelted the officers with stone. 

They sought refuge in the Eye ward, which left police with no option but to lobby teargas in the ward to push them out.

A nurse told URN on condition of anonymity that they had organized a special eye surgery camp to enable the ophthalmology students to have a practical paper but all was shattered by the teargas.

“We had organized a special eye camp of 50 people and also invited a team of eight experts to enable the students to have a practical paper. However, all this was shattered by the teargas experience,” she said. 

 

Moses Mugerwa, a student says they saw police officers from the Field Force Unit pushing vendors outside the ward but resorted to using teargas when they faced resistance.

Mugerwa says the officers could have locked the gate to block the vendors accessing the ward but waited to fight them in the hospital ward.

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Godfrey Ssenyonga, another student says lecturers fled the lecture rooms because of the chaos.

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