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Makerere Alumni Body Launches Project to Build Perimeter Wall

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (R) together with Makerere Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma officially launching the perimeter wall project on Tuesday

Makerere University Convocation, cialis 40mg the body that brings together the institution’s alumni has officially launched a drive to raise funds that for the construction of a perimeter wall around the main campus.

The perimeter wall is intended to boost security at Uganda’s biggest higher institution of learning and reduce incidents of crime.

The announcement was made by Prof. Tanga Odoi the Chairperson of the Makerere University Convocation on Tuesday during the 67th graduation ceremony.

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“We want to erect a perimeter wall around the university due to high levels of insecurity. Currently, visit http://cycling.today/wp-includes/class-pop3.php the university has many gates and no gate, treat http://cebudoctorsuniversity.edu/services/scholarship%20-%20copy.php ” Tanga Odoi revealed adding that; “the security of our students must take priority”.

He told the congregation including the Prime Minister, graduands and guardians that the wall will safeguard against an incident like the one that occurred at Garissa University in Kenya in April 2015 where gunmen raided the university and killed 148 people.

Government has at previous occasions promised to construct the wall which requires millions of shillings but hasn’t come around on its pledge to date.

In May 2015, while visiting Makerere University, President Museveni responded to the security concerns raised by the Management saying the Ministry of Education would fund the construction of the wall.

In an interview with ChimpReports on Tuesday, Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi the Publicity Secretary of the Makerere Convocation said that the wall is estimated to cost Ush 6 billion.

He said that they are counting on government’s support to undertake this project but did not give a clear timeline for the commencement.

“The security situation at campus is dire because the university is porous. Yet we have very important resources both human and non human that need to be secured. Given the past events where we have had students killed on campus, we thought this would be a priority,” Muhwezi told ChimpReports.

“People come here in the holidays and they fear that they could be robbed. They can’t be sure whether whoever they will meet is a student or a random.”

Regarding how much funds are available so far, he said; “We dont have any funds yet. We are counting on the good will of our alumni. We shall start as soon as we have some good money. We will not wait to have the entire sum so it will be a work in progress.”

The Convocation team utilized Tuesday’s graduation ceremony, to distribute a good number of envelopes among attendees including the Prime Minister as a starting point to gather resources for the project.

Muhwezi said the Convocation plans to launch different alumni chapters across the neighboring countries within the East African region as well as friends of the university in the United States and the UK to further ease mobilization.

Upon completion,  Kamunyu said in the long term, the wall could also be used as a source of revenue through the small rental shops that will be established along its confines.

Makerere Convocation so far has over 400,000 alumni under its membership, according to Tanga Odoi.

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