On Thursday morning, Joseph Mumbere, the Acting Gulu District Police Commander led dozens of Field Force Unit personnel to the college main campus located along Gulu Avenue who began firing teargas forcing the students, majority of whom majority were in their dormitories to run out of the college premises.
Field Force Unit in Gulu on Thursday morning fired teargas to disperse students of Gulu College of Health Sciences who were demonstrating over the new
fees structures, which they say is exorbitant.
students who started the demonstration on Monday this week had earlier on
tabled their complaints about the new fees structures to the school administration
but waited for response in vein.
to the circular regarding the new fees structures, diploma students under
government sponsorship would pay 1.47 million shillings from 1.27 million
shillings while private sponsored students would pay 2.5 million shillings from
the initial 2.077 million shillings.
However on Thursday morning as the students waited for a response, Joseph Mumbere, the Acting Gulu District Police Commander led dozens of Field Force Unit personnel to the college main campus located along Gulu Avenue who began firing teargas forcing the students, majority of whom majority were in their dormitories to run out of the college premises.
of the police officers armed with teargas canisters and sticks were seen
entering the boys’ dormitory and beating up some of the students who were inside, forcing them to jump over the balcony and through windows with some of their belongings.
students who fainted during the scuffle were carried by their colleagues to
Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Emergency Ward, a short from the school
Awio, a second year student pursuing Diploma in Clinical Medicine says police stormed
the school premises when most of the students were inside their dormitories
revising their notes since lectures were halted last Friday last following
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to Awio, the students became impatient after the school administration kept
mute on their plights regarding the changes in the Dean of Students’ office and
the revision of the fees structures hence prompting them to demonstrate.
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student who declined to mention his name faulted the police for intervening
with maximum force saying the students had held a peaceful demonstration.
Mudong Ongom, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN in an
interview that the police had intervened and asked the students to leave the
school premises peacefully but police met resistance from the students prompting
police to use minimum force to disperse them.
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noted that the use of teargas was uncalled for but that is was their last
resort to quell the situation considering the fact that the actions of the students
were becoming a threat to the people around the school premises.
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contacted, Jane Babalanda, the Principal of Gulu College of Health Sciences
declined to comment on the matter saying she is still engaged in a meeting degrading
the students’ plights.