More than thirty students of Makerere University are stranded in hostels following the
closure of educational institutions.
On Sunday, President Museveni announced fresh restrictions as part of measures
to control the COVID-19 transmissions in the country in face of the second wave
of the pandemic. Among the restrictions, the president directed the closure of all educational
institutions across the country for 42 days effective June 7.
In a letter to students on Monday, the Dean of Students Winfred Kabumbuli
told the students to vacate the halls of residence by close of business on
Monday except for international students.
While most of those residing in halls managed to go home, students
residing in hostels were told to vacate with immediate effect.
Masai Damian, a resident at Messiah hostel in Kikumi Kikumi who had hoped to
stay in the hostel said that she will leave on Wednesday after utilities such as water
and electricity were deliberately disconnected by the warden.
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He says the electricity was later connected after they were cautioned that
every student should be out by Thursday.
Michael Gidudu, a First-year student says that he has nowhere to
go after the transport fares to his home in Mbale were increased.
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According to Saturday Mukisa, the warden Messiah hostel, no student will be
allowed to stay in the hostel.
Daniel Habasa, a student residing at J.J hostel who said that the directive to travel in three days is unrealistic is yet to decide on whether to
travel or look for a place where to stay around Kampala for 42 days.
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Ritah Mukisa, a resident of Kasamba Girls’ Hostel says that she prefers to stay
in the hostel because the bus park is congested and she is not sure she will
get a bus home.
On Monday and Tuesday, hundreds of people were stuck in various
bus and taxi parks in Kampala because of exorbitant transport fares. The fares
shot up on Monday following the new COVID-19 control measures to contain the
second wave, which has seen a surge in infections.
In addition to closing schools, President Museveni also banned inter-district
travel for the next 42 days triggering mass movement with several people
choosing to travel upcountry fearing a major lockdown.