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In Kenya varsity students fight cops, in Uganda they only take selfies

It’s a tale of university students from two cities – Nairobi and Kampala – who coincidentally took to the streets on the same day, for different reasons and in different styles.

Anti-riot police officers restrain opposing camps of students of University of Nairobi who were demonstrating during the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Sonu leaders. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Anti-riot police officers restrain opposing camps of students of University of Nairobi who were demonstrating during the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Sonu leaders. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

In Nairobi, University of Nairobi students were rioting over disputed union elections, while their counterparts at Makerere University were protesting against fees policy.

Found middle ground? A student from Makerere University and a police officer make up after the strike.
Found middle ground? A student from Makerere University and a police officer make up after the strike.

But while University of Nairobi students staged running battles with police officers, leading to the indefinite closure of the institution, their comrades in Kampala were more civil; so much so that they even took time to take selfies with cops. Talk of contrasting cultures!

Students converge around the burnt down offices of the Students Organization of Nairobi University (Sonu) following protests over the body's election results.
Students converge around the burnt down offices of the Students Organization of Nairobi University (Sonu) following protests over the body’s election results.