One student has been injured in the ongoing Kyambogo University strike after a tear gas canister burst while in his palm, shattering it.
The tear gas canister had been shot by one of the police officers deployed to disperse the striking students but it did not go off upon landing on target. The student who has not yet been identified, then picked the canister in attempt to hurl it back to its source.
However, as he aimed, it burst and shattered its surrounding. The student was rushed to hospital for immediate attention.
Speaking to Nile Post, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the student’s timing to throw back the canister was ‘inappropriate”.
‘The student whose hand was injured, tried to throw back a tear gas canister to police and the timing wasn’t perfect, it burst in his hand,’ he said.
Anti-riot police were this morning required to fire teargas to disperse striking Kyambogo University students who are protesting a policy that requires all students to have cleared tuition by the 12th week of the semester or risk an automatic dead semester (temporary withdrawal).
According to a circular from the University Bursar to all students, any student who fails to pay fees by the 6th week will be required to pay an additional Shs50,000 to the required fees.
Additionally, no student will be registered by the office of the Academic Registrar, unless they have paid all their tuition fees. The same student will not be allowed to sit for exams.