Well, it is not enough that the authorities said they were redeploying the army elsewhere. The Council added news and resolutions yesterday. That the Management have decided to suspended nine students and warned 26 others, while the Guild President Julius Kateregga. The man who talked to the President yesterday, but apparently a criminal today.
We can see how the authorities are acting, as they are criminalizing the students, but not looking in the acts of the soldiers, the Special Forces Command or the Police Force. Whose despicable acts has continued for over two weeks now. As off today, they tear-gassed the library too. Because, why not? The halls of Mitchell and Lumumba have already been filled with the gas. So now lets take another building too.
The Guild President was first actually on the NBS Television Breeze show, before apprehended by the police. They knew he was attending before they arrested him. That is how the state operates at this very moment.
This is what the University itself posted earlier today:
“Management has taken disciplinary action on students who have destroyed University property, injured fellow students & property for businesses operating outside. The involved students have been Suspended & others warned. The list will shortly be shared on the University website” (Makerere University, 30.10.2019).
This is just showing how insincere, how blatant disregard of the students the management has. As they are targeted, even after their own industrial action to unfair tuition fees. Therefore, the management should answer to the student for why they had a barrack on campus and why the let them assault, hurt and arrest students. Why the management let the halls and homes of the students get destroyed and vandalized by outside armed personnel, while they lived lavish on expensive tea. Because, that is the truth. A truth, that the acting VC and others doesn’t accept. Since, that means they are culpable for hiring and ordering the army on the premises of their students.
The students also tried to assemble further demonstrations today at Freedom Square, but that was ambushed by the authorities with more tear-gas to disperse the ones attending this. Therefore, the state continues with their same ways. To break up dissent and silence the ones who tries to defy the authorities.
What we do know is that these strikes are not over. The torment and horrors at the halls are neither. Expect more raids at night from either soldiers or police officers. As the state retaliates with brutality. Even if the leadership is arrested and even kidnapped. That is what they will do now. Peace.
The Minister of Education and First Lady Janet Museveni after three evening raids with horror, violence and arrests. Even revealed deaths has occurred because of the actions made b the Special Force Command, soldiers and Police Force during the raids. Still, the First Lady blame “outside” forces meddling in the student life and “non-students” attending the riots.
This is really rich, this is really insulting and insinuating a lot of things. Reverend Lokodo should teach this Minister a lesson in ethics, because this scriptural usage is bonkers at best. When, she defends the army attacking civilian citizens at night and comes with claims of opposition support. At best, that is not illegal, they are allowed to demonstrate and industrial produce for their own livelihood and student body. Unless everyone supposed to bow-down to the Queen and King like peasants, right?
However, she just shows her ignorance of the pleas of the students with her statement. I have only taken parts of it. Because, discussing it to broadly is not worthy of my time.
“That notwithstanding, I have learned with dismay that some of the people involved in this “demonstration” are not students from Makerere University or any other university for that matter. They are people who have made it there way of life to be paid to joint any riot wherever it is happening. Apparently, the political opposition in this country – who are well funded “somehow” by some “unknown sources” – find it useful to pay unemployed young people to riot wherever and whenever they believe they see a viable opportunity” (Janet Museveni, 29.10.2019).
“For these vulnerable young people and the adults who pay them it seems as if nothing else matters – not these young people whose minds are distorted early in life; not the fact that the resources used to replace destroyed University property could have solved another problem somewhere; not the consideration that this is very wrong instruction to students of how problems are solved in life without confrontation and destruction of life and property. Nothing constructive or educational at all is achieved. Instead, the public is misled through there skewed propaganda as to what is really happening” (Janet Museveni, 29.10.2019).
The insults to injury to the side. Is that she has baseless claims, where she knows that the students and the Guild President is behind it. The raids yesterday was after 7 more ring leaders, where the live-bullets, tear-gas and violence occurred again. Just as the other nights, one has passed on from the violence done to her. She died in the hospital after the treatment and the suffering, which was not enough. After all, of that, she continues shifting blame.
The Minister of Education speaks of nothing constructive being made. Well, the state haven’t produced anything constructive or cared for the students life itself, when they raid with soldiers at night. When they barrage and besiege the campus with an army barrack. She speaks of knowledge, but this sort of action speaks of oppression and autocratic behaviour.
As this is happening, three journalists are arrested for reporting on campus. Two journalists was kicked-out by the students for pushing the state agenda. Lastly, the realities remain, that the state investigate the students and the funding of the demonstrations, but not looking in the hurt they have put the student through the last two weeks. It is outrageous and no-one want to see their kids live through this. No one in his or her right mind will defend making the army invade a campus, right?
Still, she was very silent about that, but targeting the students for their activity. Because, they are all to blame. They ordered the soldiers, they ordered the SFC, they bought the tear-gas and they wanted to see the live-bullets hit the halls at night. Let’s be serious, she cannot be this shallow, but then again. We know from the past that she got thin-skin and lack moral codes, that’s why she uses the bible as she see fit. Even when defending the indefensible. Peace.
Even as the Acting Vice Chancellor Umar Kakumba and Police Force earlier in the day called for dialogue. As the media houses are still in darkness on the acts done on campus. The little we do know is through the grapevine and through the leaks of the students with data-bundles and topping off airtime.
What we do know is that armed forces are again raiding the Lumumba Hall and Micthell Hall too. There are gunshots, live-bullets and tear-gas. That is done inside the halls as we speak at night. Students are targeted by armed personnel. Some says its the Special Force Command (SFC), others are saying military men in plain clothes. We cannot be certain, its not like the commander of these operations has gone public and taken credit for this assault on the student.
Its on its second week of assault, raids and violent oppression of the students at the campus of Makerere. The government persist with this and acts of indifference to the pleas of the student guild, the leadership and the needs of the students. As they want to violently overturn their voices.
They are torturing, making their homes as students into war-zones as the armed personnel barge into their lives with weapons and ammunition. We cannot know the possible damage nor the hurt this causes. Both the hurt of the flesh, but also the damage it does on the mental stability of these young students as their lives are shaken by the military presence in their homes.
This is the third raid, there are already plenty reporting on the amount of people already hospitalized and raped by the armed forces. With yet another night like this. We cannot rest assure, knowing that there will be more. Because, these men and these commander spear no-one apparently. They besiege and attack everyone into submission.
If this is what the NRA fought for, than they fought for nothing. Because this is the same old regime they overthrow. This is the same acts of brutality and insincere statehood, which the previous predecessors was known for. That is the memo the public gets from this, that the revolution eats its kids. In this instance, the youth studying at the prestigious Makerere University.
What is not yet verified is that the one leaked the video of tonight’s raid was shot and killed by the armed personnel there. We don’t know, but that is latest report on the matter. Also, that the raid is done to find the 7 ring leaders of the strike, but they cannot find them. Surely, this is a sinister act where the industrial action is not allowed and has to be treated like enemies of the state. That is the message the state is sending to these students and everyone living on campus. Peace.
“Management is investigating cases of violence. Students who beat their colleagues and disrupted lectures. We have received cases of students who were battered and forced out of lecture rooms by fellow students, these incidents were captured and recorded” Ag. VC Umar Kakumba (Makerere University, 28.10.2019).
This is so A-Typical the behaviour of a rouge state, where the perpetrators are walking scotch free and the ones hurt, vilified and terrorized is the criminals. In this instance, it’s the students, the ones living on campus and at the Ivory Tower. The ones living at Lumumba and so on. They are the ones who has to be investigated.
Even if the army put up a army barracks, as the photos, the video-clips and so-on shows the intention of the armed forces violating the premises, hurting the students and the police later arresting them. There was 100 students arrested, central guild leaders, some are even kidnapped and not known where they are located as I write. Therefore, the Management of the University should be a bit more careful putting the blame on the students here.
This is washing away the blame for having soldiers violating the students rights to demonstrate, the police arresting them and the court allowing them out on bail. While several are in the hospital and one reported dead after the damages done. While the real numbers from the actions made last week is yet to be known. Because, this violence and this sort of actions doesn’t come without any results.
The state went in gung-ho. They went in with fierce precision, tear-gas, raiding the homes and hostels, they arrested and tortured the students. Now, days after this, the Acting VC blames them! How dare he? They don’t have tear-gas and weapons, that is what the state has.
Let’s be serious. This is a real infliction of harm on the future generation, this is showing how remorseful the leadership of today is. That they cannot stomach demonstrations, from the hot-seat of it in the Republic. There has always been rebellion and demonstrations at Makerere. As long as I can remember, but not with the assault of armed soldiers in the harms way of the students. This isn’t common and neither common sense.
The management and the state today are now throwing shade on the ones tortured, arrested and hospitalized. They are saying indirectly its their fault. They will investigate fellow students, but not the soldiers acts of oppression. The videos has exposed this, but hasn’t been touched, because then the Management of Makerere Univeristy would challenge the government and it cannot do that.
Therefore, it is the game of blaming the victim, to make the perpetrator innocent. It’s disgusting and disgraceful. Peace.