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MAK Students start protest over absence of gowns, Police block guild press conference

By JOSEPH TUMWESIGYE

Tuesday January 14, 2020

Makerere University students gather to protest the low supply of gowns 

A section of Makerere University students are protesting, on campus grounds, the absence of gowns for some of the graduates as the first session of the 70th graduation ceremony of the institution takes place.

This happened after (and not necessarily due to) Police blocking student leaders from holding a scheduled press conference to address the issue the delayed graduation gown supply.

In a statement released by Joshua Muhwezi Lawel, the Information Minister of the current guild of Makerere University, the press conference was set to communicate the students’ stand on the graduation gowns issues.

“The Press conference was meant to dissect and expose what the real issue is because, evidently, there are sinister games that led us to this crisis,” said Muhweezi in the statement.

Over 13,000 students have made the final list for Makerere University’s 70th graduation ceremony. The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda is at the ceremony representing President Yoweri Museveni. The Education Minister Janet Museveni is also present at the event.

Unease at the University started as early as January 7th 2020 when the company contracted to deliver the gowns for the graduands presented a limited number. On January 8th, the University had a moment of relief when it managed to secure about 7000 gowns out of the 13,000 and above students who were set the graduate. Those who missed out were not happy.

Speaking to NTV Uganda on Saturday, the Communications Manager of the institution, Dr Muhammad Kigundu said that the administration was confident that by Monday 13th January, all the gowns would be delivered.

“What we have decided to do is to distribute the available gowns to those graduating first,” Dr Kigundu told NTV Uganda.

However by Monday, the gowns had not yet been delivered causing more discontent among graduates.

On January 12th, the University’s administration released a statement on social media.