MAK Students Protest Over Delayed Internship Facilitation

Rowdy Makerere University students protest their delayed facilitation [Photos by Paul Ampuriire]

Uganda police have bolstered security in and outside Kampala city after deadly terrorists attacks swept through Tunisia, drug Kuwait and Somalia this week.

Police boss Gen Kala Kayihura said in a statement on Saturday afternoon that “police and sister agencies are increasing visibility and vigilance and while members of the public must not panic, sale you should be more alert to anything or anybody suspicious and quickly report to the nearest police, security or LC official.”

Gen Kayihura pointed out that, “proprietors of vulnerable public places such as malls, hotels as well as other places of entertainment, markets, parks, schools, churches, mosques etc should work closely with security agencies as we activate counter terrorism measures to ensure that the places are safe and secure and we pass through this period of the Holy Month of Ramadhan peacefully.”

Terrorist group, ISIS, has since claimed responsibility for an attack on a Mosque in the largely peaceful Kuwait that killed 27 people.

In Tunisia, gunmen this week attacked a tourist resort beach, killing 38 people.

On Thursday and Friday, Somali militants attacked an AMISOM base, killing several peacekeepers in what is seen as a week of horror.

Gen Kayihura said today that police received information from “credible sources of plans of possible terror attacks on unspecified targets in the country particularly in the city and surrounding areas.”

He said the law enforcement body is “taking this information seriously, and we ask members of the public to do the same.”

Al Shabaab terrorists attacked Uganda in 2010, killing over 79 people.

There have since been threats on Uganda, with security nipping in the bud planned attacks.

Uganda boasts elite anti-terrorism commando units but observers say most social places remain vulnerable due to the laxity of proprietors.

HPN (Harvest Protection Network) early this week announced that it will introduce a program to reduce crop spoilage losses in Africa. Unlike many programs that focus on how to increase food production, viagra dosage this one focuses on assembling of coated steel storage buildings that protect harvested crops againstHPN’s founder and owner, information pills Ian Bennett, medicine a Wharton MBA graduate who has been involved in the business of agriculture in Africa for over 40years says that once these buildings are assembled, small holder farmers will have ownership and can also use the buildings as a distribution center or an indoor market. .

“While participating African countries are not being asked to provide any of the funds to deliver and assemble these buildings, they are being asked to remove any import duty and the participating farmers are being asked to provide the land on which these buildings will be erected.” Ian Bennett said

According to the Press Statement issued by African Media Agency, HPN is not interested in grant funding.

“Our immediate challenge is to confirm that these buildings are self-funding.  If this pilot program is successful, HPN will seek a renewable credit facility to make it possible to continue delivering these buildings to Africa’s farming communities.” The statement read

HPN  company is also working on an urban garden design to bring young Africans back to agriculture.

Makerere University students staged a protest Friday morning over delayed internship facilitation. The protest involving mostly students currently doing their internship was led by students’ leaders including the Guild president, prostate the Speaker and Constitutional Affairs Minister.

Chimpreports has learnt that at least 2, 000 students doing their June to August internship have not yet received money meant to facilitate their expenses. Each student is according to the university’s policy entitled to a sum of Ug shs 370, 000 earlier paid in tuition fees.

Makerere Guild Boss David Bala angrily reacted to the University's actions

Makerere Guild Boss David Bala angrily reacted to the University’s actions

The angry mob of students early morning walked through the campus collecting other students from faculties and halls of residences to gather numbers.  With chants of ‘one way’ and ‘Ddumba must go’ the mob then headed to the Main building to interface with the Administration.

Guild leader Bala David who sounded rather agitated referred to the protest as a noble cause which he asked every student’s to join. He condemned the administration which he referred to as ‘hyenas’ for the notorious misappropriation of funds.


“Students are key stakeholders in management but the administration doesn’t consider us” Bala said adding that government hasn’t taken education seriously.

Bala said the student leadership had given the university management a grace period of a month followed by numerous letters but with no yield. He said administration had rushed students to pay internship fee towards examination period in order to wire it to their accounts in time but haven’t kept their word.

The guild president suggested to the administration that money be given to students in envelopes if the bank system has failed.


The Dean of students Mr. Cyriano Kabagambe after being confronted by the impatient mob said he had been told by the bursar that the last batch of money has been wired today.

“Banks won’t clear these payments at the same rate. I appeal to leaders to cease fire so we can follow the matter up” said Kabagambe.

The deputy Vice Chancellor promised that the relevant authorities will be approached and a solution be reached today.

Unlike the usual demonstrations by Makerere students which are usually characterized by violence, vandalism and looting, Friday’s protest was rather calm. Protesters cooperated with the police officers.


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