Eleven Rwandan students pursuing their university education at Uganda’s Kampala International University were injured in a students’ strike at the campus.
The strike erupted last week when the university administration requested all students who had not yet fully paid their tuition fees within their first week of the semester, to be fined $ 30 and that it would be doubled if they failed to pay within two weeks.
The directive forced all international students to camp at their respective embassies seeking intervention.
Speaking to The New Times, the chairman of the Banyarwanda Students Association, Louis Kabayiza, said that 11 Rwandan students were injured as Police tried to break up the riot.
Three students were seriously injured and were admitted at Nsambya Hospital. According to Kabayiza, Rwandan High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, was among the regional Ambassadors who convened at Kampala International University campus to discuss the students’ plight with the university management.
“I thank our Ambassador for his support because today they have been discussing with the administration alongside other Ambassadors, though we have not yet known the resolutions, but we think they will be fruitful and we hope to resume our studies soon,” he said.
The strike has paralysed the university for one week now.
However efforts to get a comment from the university’s proprietor Hassan Basajjabalaba, and vice chancellor Prof. Mohammad Ndawura, were futile by press time as their cell phones were switched off.
Kampala International University has the biggest number of foreign students in Uganda’s many private universities.