Makerere student launches fundraising drive to save students stuck in hostels

Obedgui Derrick a Makerere University student at the College of Education and External Studies has launched a fundraising drive to help students that are stuck in hostels and rentals.

According to Obedgui, they reached out to over 50 students whom he said had little or nothing to eat.

“Most of these did not anticipate the lock down would take this long and therefore kept around campus instead of wasting on transportation to far off areas of the country,” he said.

He added that, “Some did not have the transport as the closure was prompt!”

Obedgui further called on everyone to kindly make a contribution according to their capacity.

Makerere students stuck hostels

Makerere University students launch campaign to save students stuck in hostels

“So that this noble cause comes to its fruitious conclusion. We kindly request for pads for the ladies,” said Obedgui.

Obedgui said that some friends and government through the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) offered help to the students which he however says was inadequate.

President Museveni ordered for the closure of schools, universities and other tertiary institutions and suspended religious gatherings across the country in attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Some students especially internal students have since been stuck in hostels in different university.

Meanwhile, Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, has revealed that the document circulating on social media was an internal memo, meant for university staff only.

Prof Nawangwe says the opening dates for final year students are still being discussed and no one should conclude it is the final decision.

The document in question indicates the Makerere University finalists will resume campus on 20th June following president Museveni’s directive to have all final-year scholars resume studies after staying home for over two months.

Nawangwe has warned that the information on the document was meant for only Management and Council adding that opening dates will depend on government’s guidelines.

“The public should note that these are only proposals that are yet to be discussed by Management and Council. The date for re-opening will depend on guidelines to be issued by government.” Part of Nawangwe’s statement reads.

The said memo circulated few hours after Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) announced 8TH June as their opening date for finalists.


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