76 vehicles belonging to Makerere University are grounded. This is
according to the institution’s Motorized Vehicle Inventory report.
The 76 are part of the 357 vehicles at Makerere University. Those
grounded include tractors, a TATA lorry and water tanker. Others are Double
Cabins, coasters and Motorcycles.
The vehicles were written-off according to documents seen by URN
reporter because the costs of repairing them had become costly more than the
value of the vehicle, while others had been badly damaged and deemed unsafe to
The report also indicates that three vehicles were stolen while
two were sold.
Among the grounded vehicles is a Toyota Prado belonging to the students’ Guild President. It has been grounded for the last two years.
A guild president in Makerere among other things is entitled to a
four-wheel drive vehicle to enable his daily running of guild activities.
Julius Kateregga, the Makerere Guild President says although the
university has been improvising for the students’ leaders, the absence of the
guild vehicle has caused inconveniences.
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The student leaders use the vehicle to access the various units across the
vast Makerere University campus as well as travelling to other institutions
across the country.
Documents show that the university was spending 50 million shillings on average
for maintenance of the guild vehicle.