At least 20 people have been arrested at Makerere University after police foiled a planned Forum for Democratic (FDC) fundraising event.

Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye was blocked from leaving his home ahead of a planned fundraising ceremony for Makerere university lecturers Shs28 billion allowance. He says he is to donate 3million shillings and a cow.

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Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa is among 20 people arrested in and around Makerere University as they tried to organise a fundraising drive for the reopening of the institution.

Others arrested with him included FDC secretary for mobilization Ingrid Tutinawe, Makerere University councillor Doreen Nyanjura, Kawempe, Simon Wanyera the Guild representative for the school of education.

Makerere university students including GRC School of education Simon Wanyera and a one Harris Justus Amampulira had also been arrested.

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The head of security at Makerere University, Mr Jackson Muchuguzi, said the university was closed and therefore no one is allowed to enter or conduct any business from the premises.
“If Besigye and other leaders want to fundraise, let them do it like the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga,” said Mr Muchuguzi.

According to the O/C Makerere University Police, Mr Denis Kasibante, only people working in the university banks, construction sites, church and Infectious Diseases Institute were allowed in the premises after presenting work IDs.

The opposition FDC party led by its former presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye had planned to conduct a fundraising campaign at the university’s Freedom Square to raise funds for Makerere University’s academic staff incentive arrears amounting to Sh28bn.