The Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs Adolf Mwesige has
said that the withdrawal of the army from Makerere University will be gradual.
On Wednesday, officials from the Ministry led by Mwesige, Lt Gen.
Wilson Mbadi the Deputy Army Commander, the Minister of Internal Affairs Mario
Obiga Kania were appearing before the Parliamentary committee on education to
answer queries of brutality against students by the army.
The army was accused of brutalizing students who were demonstrating against the
15% fees increment.
In many occasions according to students, teargas canisters were tossed
into halls of residents affecting students who were not participating in the
Mwesige told MPs led by the committee vice-chairperson John Twesigye that
the army that responded to the Makerere University crisis was deployed has been
at the university since 2018 in the wake of murders, robberies in the country.
He says that although they are withdrawing from Makerere University,
the withdrawal will be gradual since they do not want to leave Makerere unattended
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Lt .Gen Mbadi, says that the soldiers who brutalized the students are
being investigated. He told the committee that the army does not tolerate any
form of brutality.
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Mario Obiga Kania, the Minister for Internal Affairs says that as far as
sexual harassment of students are concerned, they have never registered any
complaints formally that during the chaos, any student was harassed
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Winfred Kiiza the Kasese Woman MP questioned why UPDF appears to have deployed
without knowledge of the university authorities.
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The officials were also questioned over reports that several
people carry guns in and outside lecture rooms at the University.
Julius Achon, the MP Otuke County said that there are many guns at
the university and several spies in classrooms.
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However, Mwesige told the committee that it is not a crime for spies to be at
the Makerere as long as they are doing their job. He also told the committee
that it is not permitted for someone to enter with guns inside the classrooms
and if there is such a case they will follow it up.
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On Monday appearing before the committee, Makerere University students led by
Guild President Julius Katerega told the committee that students are intimidated
by plain-clothed security personnel with guns in and outside the university