Following yesterday's directive by President Museveni to have Makerere University closed indefinitely police have come out to give students guidelines to follow in this period.
While talking to the media after council meeting in the morning, IGP Kale kayihura thanked students for being co-operative, as they 'accepted' to leave their halls of residence without fighting with police. He also added that there was no other choice other than to have the institution closed.
"The university's business is to teach students and if lecturers can't teach then it becomes a problem to keep the University running. We hope for a decisive measure to be taken to avoid a recurrence if such an issue," Kayihura said.
In the same spirit, the police spoke person, Andrew Felix Kaweesi issued a number of what he termed as crucial guidelines for all students including their leaders:
1. No student of any stature will be allowed on campus premises by 11am. Inclusive of student leaders, masters students, researchers. Even students at Kabanyoro, mulago. Police will be around to institute this order and particular individuals found on campus premises will be dealt with
2.All university facilities are to be closed inclusive of foot ball pitches, tennis courts, rugby grounds, lecture rooms, computer labs and the library.the only facility that will remain functional is the University hospital which will only be accessed by University staff
3. All international students are advised to contact their respective embassies for visas and tickets back to their home countries. Those who will get stranded should seek for help from police.
4.Police will hold a meeting with all hostel managers to have hostel students leave their respective hostels too despite hostels being a private arrangement.This is because having them stay around is a source of insecurity as some hostels house former students who have ulterior motives to cause chaos as evidenced yesterday.
5. Parents should ensure their children reach home safely. Parents who double as staff and stay within campus, should devise from keeping students who are not their own in their homes. Even their own children who are students will stay in these homes not as students but as family members.
6. The police will soon make a communication about the arrested students at Wandegeya and CPS. Police won't hesitate to arrest More students who want to cause chaos in and around the University.
A council meeting is on going from where a verdict is to be passed in regards to the Re-opening and how to sort the MUASA grievances too.