A security officer keeping a close watch on students rushing out of the campus after a protest against hiked tuition fees turned rowdy By Conan Businge A PROTEST by students of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) turned rowdy yesterday evening as demonstrators blocked a main road in the city and attacked motorists. The students were protesting the increase of retake fees to sh195,000, up from sh6,000, for any course unit. They also objected to the rise of fees for private students and a decision to abolish partial payment of tuition fees. The new regulation requires that all fees are cleared before students sit for tests. All public universities increased their tuition fees by 40% this academic year. The increase, they say, was necessary to ensure quality education. During yesterdays demonstration, the students cut off the road connecting Nakawa to Bugolobi suburbs, bringing the evening peak traffic to a standstill. For hours, violent students attacked road users and damaged cars by pelting them with stones. Gangs piled university furniture and road signposts near the campus and set them ablaze. The anti-riot Police swung into action and dispersed the rioters using teargas. By 8:00pm, the roadblock had been removed and the campus buildings were secured by anti-riot Police. It was not clear by press time if anybody had been arrested. Security remained tight throughout the night. MUBS spokesman Peter Odoki denied that the university scrapped partial payment. It is not true that we are instructing them to pay 100% of the tuition fees at the beginning of the semester. He said only 60% of the tuition fees were required upon entrance. As for the rise in fees for private students, he said this was a decision from Makerere University in consultation with other public universities. The regulations will stand. Riots will not make us change our mind, he said.