Students with Disabilities Suffer as Kyambogo Tricycles Break Down

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Victor Locoro, a student from the faculty of Special Needs at Kyambogo University, says students with disabilities are now lifted and put on a pick-up and dropped to their places, which isnt user friendly.

Students with disabilities at Kyambogo University are experiencing mobility difficulties following the breakdown of Tricycles commonly known as Tuk-tuk. The tricycles are used to transport them from the halls of residence to lecture rooms.

Kyambogo University has a population of 120 students with disabilities. Collectively, they were supposed to use three tricycles for the routine.

However, the three, motorcycles have been breaking down at different intervals, according to Victor Locoro, a student from the faculty of Special Needs at Kyambogo University. 
Locoro says one of the tricycles was grounded three years back and another last year. The last one broke down in the last semester.

Locoro says students with disabilities are now using a pickup truck which, he says is not user-friendly. He, however, told URN that they were negotiating with the University to purchase a van and remodel it to be disability friendly.

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Prof Elly Katunguka Rwakishaya, the Kyambogo University Vice-Chancellor, said the issue had not been brought to his attention.
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Locoro also said the toilets at the university are not disability friendly, which poses a danger to their welfare and health. He says the toilets need to be remodelled to include bars to ease access for students with disabilities.
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Locoro, who also represents People with Disabilities on the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE told URN that they have so far used 65 million Shillings to provide academic needs for the special category of students.


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