Twenty one students of Makerere University whose property was destroyed by security personnel during protests against the 15 percent tuition increment have been compensated by General Salim Saleh.
Last month,UPDF soldiers together with military and regular police officers broke into halls of residence and destroyed property.
Patrick Nsamba, the Guild Representative Councillor (GRC) for Lumumba Hall says that during a meeting with a presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh, and 15 student leaders at his Kapeeka industrial area in Nakaseke District on October 7, the affected students were compensated with 21 million shillings.
“Out of goodwill, the General condemned the act of brutality by the military and sympathized with the victims of this act. It was this spirit that he decided to make a personal compensation up to a tune of 21 million shillings to these students,” Nsamba who also doubles as the Guild Finance Minister said.
The students lost Television sets, utensils, mobile phones, laptops, rice cookers, students and among others.
The students who received compensation are Derrick Ndyamuhaki, Albert Lotyang, Patrick Nsamba, Emmanuel Cherotich, Patrick Ssenyonjo, Ivan Kanabo, James Ssebidde, Nelson Mugisha, Joseph Owomugisha, Elvis Omoit, Joseph Marta Muzinda, Philip Winner Byonaniwe, Godfrey Kamukama, Micheal Tayebwa, Arnold Arinaitwe and Nicholas Kwesiga.
Others are Joseph Mukamba, Alfred Taremwa, Micheal Maganda, Tadeo Nyakoojo, Abiney Kitooke and Ivan Oyesigye.
According to Nsamba, whereas there were calls for compensation of students with medical bills arising out of brutality, the money offered by Gen. Saleh could not handle both property and medical bills.
The students meeting with Gen. Saleh and the subsequent compensation for the victims of vandalized property has been received with mixed feelings amongst the student community with some accusing the student leaders of betrayal.
David Fredrick Nyanzi, a 3rd-year law student and the President Makerere Law Society wonders where the relevant stakeholders in the education were to warrant intervention of General Salim Saleh.