Makerere Alumnae Set to Launch Fundraising for University Fence

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In 2007, Makerere University attempted to erect a perimeter wall fence and mid-way the construction, the wall collapsed. The Shs6bn wall construction was halted as top administrators accused the universitys estates department for having done shoddy work that led to collapse of the wall after a hailstorm.

 The Makerere University Convocation-MUC, an association of former Mak students has received green light from management to fundraise for the construction of the university perimeter fence.

Dr. Deus Muhwezi - Kamunyu, the Makerere University Convocation Publicist on Friday evening confirmed that they had received the Makerere University Perimeter Wall Master plan and expressed commitment to mobilize alumni for the construction.

Muhwezi says the convocation will soon call for a general assembly to rally all the Alma mater towards the project.

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The wall will be composed of a 0.27 Km sound barrier, a 2.04 km composite boundary wall and 2.4 Km block wall. 
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On January 9th 2016, last year, Makerere University Convocation wrote to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration Makerere University requesting for the master plan of the perimeter wall fence.

In his January 11 2017 letter to Dr. Tanga Odoi, the chairperson Convocation, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that the perimeter wall project is long overdue and that once constructed will help improve the security of the university.

"I wish to thank convocation for the interest in the proposed perimeter fence which is long overdue and which wall will greatly enhance the university security. Please be rest assured of my total support for your efforts in this matter," Prof. Nawangwe's letter read. 

Prof. Nawangwe in his previous interview with URN had said the fence is estimated to cost about Shs7billion.  Earlier on, President Yoweri Museveni had promised to that the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) engineering brigade will construct the wall.

According to Dr. Kamunyu, UPDF would be the most feasible partner in the construction of the wall, saying the chairman convocation will write to authorities over a possible partnership.

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In 2007, Makerere University attempted to erect a perimeter wall, which collapsed midway. The Shillings 6bn wall construction was halted as top administrators accused the estates department for shoddy work that led to the collapse of the wall after a hailstorm.

Investigations were launched to ascertain what exactly could have gone wrong. However, the report was never made public.


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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

Davidson has previously freelanced with The Campus Times, The Observer, Chimp reports and URN. He is currently reporting under Education. He is also passionate about reporting on environment, health, crime and political satire writing.

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