The students, through their umbrella body Uganda National Students Association UNSA made the call at a press conference held at Nkumba University in Katabi Town Council. The area is the scene of more than a dozen killings of mainly young women, the last two bodies having been found three days ago.
The students, through their umbrella body Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) made the call at a press conference held at Nkumba University in Katabi Town Council. The area is the scene of more than a dozen killings of mainly young women, the last two bodies having been found three days ago.
The students feel threatened since all the Katabi killings have taken place within a radius of two kilometres from the university. The latest killing took place near Mango Tree, a popular entertainment point for students just a stone's throw from the university.
Winnie Nakandi, the incoming president of UNSA, says the police must beef up the security of students and the community. Nakandi, also a student at Kyambogo University, says many students, especially females, are avoiding evening classes due to the mysterious killings.
Nakandi says all evening lectures are ending at 7.30 pm as students hurry to return to their hostels and rentals.
According to Nakandi, it is very strange that mysterious killings are taking place in the president's heavily guarded backyard.
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The guild president of Nkumba University, Julius Buchana, says that the killings bear the hallmark of something sinister and questions why more effort is channelled on fighting persons opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit as opposed to security. Buchana faulted area leaders for not doing enough to alleviate the situation.
The executive secretary of UNSA, Mugisa Rwolekya, says it is strange that although the killings have taken a long time the matter has not been accorded the seriousness it deserves.
He says they are taking up the matter with the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, in the hope that the situation will be arrested.
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The students also staged a peaceful demonstration around the campus to drum up their concerns.They brandished placards calling for action over the killings.