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Uganda to fence universities following Garissa attack

10 April 2015, 09:23 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Following the Garissa killings in Kenya last week where over 100 lives were lost, universities in Uganda are planning to fence their premises as one way of guarding against terrorism.

The oldest university in east Africa, Makerere University which now has over 40 000 students, is soon to be fenced in order to boost security at the campus.

Administrators at all the other universities including Nkumba university, Ndejje university,Uganda Christian university and Busoga university have said they are planning to erect walls around their campuses.

Makerere university convocation leadership team led by former chairman of Makerere university association of staff and administrators (MUASA), Dr Tang Odoi, are now set to start a huge task of constructing a perimeter wall around the university to provide security for the students and staff of the institution.

Addressing his maiden press conference as the chairman elect Makerere convocation Thursday at Makerere, Odoi mentioned that his team is more than ready to work towards the development of the university and offer counsel to governing bodies in Makerere with emphasis on security, staff welfare, job creation to students who went through Makerere gates, linking all alumni where they are to the network to develop the univesity.

He said, ''Garissa incident has opened our eyes. We want the public and government to come to our aid in securing Makerere university. Let us bring in the element of the wall to help us.''

He thus called on the government and all well wishers to fully support them in their initiative to secure Makerere.

''We support the idea of constructing a perimeter fence at Makerere. We do not want what happened at Garissa to happen to us,'' said Leonard Muwanga, a third year student of Arts.

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