Age Limit - MAK Students Released After Fresh Protests

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In short
Police has this afternoon engaged and dispersed Makerere University students who had started blocking roads along Bombo Road Kubiri protesting the detention of their colleagues who were arrested in a riot on Thursday. A total of 56 students who were detained at various police stations in Kampala have finally been released on bond. The students face charges of inciting violence after they were arrested during the anti-age limit removal demo in Makerere.

Makerere University students this afternoon staged a demonstration in protest of the continued detention of their counterparts who were arrested in age limit demos on Thursday.

The students blocked roads around Makerere University and later stormed police to demand the unconditional release of more than 20 of their colleagues who were still in Police custody. Police used tear gas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy students.

Makerere University Guild President Paul Kato said that up to 56 students were arrested during yesterday's anti-age limit protests from within the university and the outskirts. 17 of them were released last evening from Makerere police post while an additional 17 were released this morning from Wandegeya police station.

Kato warns that students will rise to defend their rights, should military police apply force in operations around the university campus.
 
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By the time of the protests, 22 students were still held at Central Police Station. These, however, were released after today's' protests, according to Kato.
 
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Ronald Ainebyoona, the Makerere University Forum for Democratic Change - FDC chapter president who was released today says they will fight until the proposed constitutional amendments to remove age limit are dropped.
 
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Jackson Mucunguzi, the Chief Security officer of Makerere University says that following negotiations with the students, police has released the last group of students who were arrested yesterday. He, however, adds that police is engaging students to stay away from chaotic scenes.
 
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Mucunguzi adds that three police officers are nursing wounds attained during the scuffle with the rioting students yesterday. He appealed to students to desist from moving outside the university whenever there is a demonstration.
 
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Simon Wanyera, the guild minister for Academic Affairs told URN after his release today that they underwent torture in the cells at CPS. Wanyera says that they are now going to do constant mobilization to see that the bill is not tabled in parliament.
 
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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

Davidson has previously freelanced with The Campus Times, The Observer, Chimp reports and URN. He is currently reporting under Education. He is also passionate about reporting on environment, health, crime and political satire writing.

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