Police takeover Makerere University
Police in Kampala have heightened security at Makerere University and declared it a no-go-zone to the public, a day after the University was closed over a cash crisis. Makerere was on Wednesday closed by the University Council. The closure followed council’s failure to secure the 100% pay increment demanded by on-strike staff as a prerequisite to work. Central Police Station in Kampala yesterday, Kampala Police commander Andrew Kaweesi has since told the press that the heavy deployment is to protect the property of the university as the bicker between the University staff and Council over terms of work continues.
Up to late evening, anti-riot police aboard police pickups were traversing the university. Police check points were established at entrance points into the university. Scores of officers were also deployed at the Main building and the Senate building. “We shall not entertain any form of lingering within campus. Weddings, rallies, workshops, symposiums, discussions are not allowed. Literarily,” reiterated Kaweesi.
Copperbelt University closed
THE senate of Copperbelt University (CBU) has indefinitely closed the institution on recommendation from the security wings. Briefing the press at CBU in Kitwe yesterday, vice-chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma said a special senate meeting resolved to close the university after deliberating on the set of events that have happened. “We also listened to a report from our colleagues from the security wings, it is the report of the security wings which made the afternoon interesting,” Prof Ngoma said.
The resolution of the CBU senate which Prof Ngoma read out states: “This serves to inform all students that due to the current prevailing situation, the senate of the Copperbelt University at its meeting today August 15, 2013 in the council chamber, resolved to close the institution with immediate effect.” He said students were required to hand over school properties to the school wardens and clear the institution by 18:00 hours yesterday. Prof Ngoma vowed that he will not resign his position because he believes that he is doing the right thing. “I have never been the one to chicken out and there is no reason for me to step down.
I believe I am doing the right thing and I am doing it effectively. This is a challenging and humanising job, this is a very lonely positition as well,” Prof Ngoma He also challenged those with evidence that CBU management is conniving with landlords in Kitwe to make profits from students in boarding houses to report to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Prof Ngoma also said he had an ‘unsolicited’ meeting with the Patriotic Front (PF) Kitwe district executive committee led by acting chairperson Alfred Kaira who demanded that the institution should remove the non-squatting rule and that he must resign. A check at the institution found police in full riot gear keeping vigil as students packed their bags and vacated the institution.
Six injured at Cyprus prison riot
A RIOT at Nicosia Central Prison has left three prisoners in intensive care at Nicosia General Hospital. Rampaging inmates caused damage and at least three prison officers were injured. The causes of the riot remain unclear, with authorities yet to make comment on the incident which occurred early Thursday. But the fact that neither the Prison Service nor the police made any announcement regarding such serious disturbances is bound to raise questions among critics.
The Nicosia Central Prison is the only correctional facility in Cyprus and it is run by the Cyprus Prisons Department. Chronic overpopulation at the prison coupled with dysfunctional buildings have been a source of continuous concern for the justice ministry. The condition of the injured men remains unknown, with the causes for the riot remaining unclear.
Protest over death of trolley bus passenger turns violent
Tensions rose in western Athens on Friday during a protest over the death of a 19-year-old trolley bus passenger this week. About 30 youths attacked a bus with stones as it drove through Peristeri. The youths broke bus windows and wrote the word ‘murderers’ in red letters on the front window. About 1,000 people marched from Peristeri City Hall to the cemetery where the young man’s funeral is to take place at 5pm. A total of 3,000 people have gathered at the Peristeri cemetery for the 19-year-old’s funeral.
Authorities temporarily suspended trolley bus services in Peristeri while the protest was taking place, but bus services continued as normal. Agios Antonios and Anthoupoli metro stations have been closed for safety reasons. The 19-year-old man was fatally injured on Tuesday night when he jumped off a trolley bus to avoid a fine for not having a valid ticket.
25 injured in Odisha plant clash
Bhubaneswar, Aug 16 (IANS) At least 25 people were Friday injured, some seriously, in a clash between workers and security staff at a power plant site in Odisha’s Angul district, police said. Accusing their employer of not paying salaries for months, about 300 workers allegedly attacked the security staff of the Monnet power company plant in Malibrahmani village, about 170 km from Bhubaneswar. The workers damaged furniture after entering the company office, police said.
They set fire to a bus, two multi-utility vehicles and two motorcycles, police officer Bhabani Sankar Udgata told IANS. Eight workers were arrested, Udgata added. Company official U.P. Padhi said the workers were engaged by a contractor and the workers had a payment dispute with him.