Makerere police has blocked student leaders from holding their scheduled press conference to address the media about the delayed supply of graduation gowns.
The press conference was called Sunday by Guild President Julius Kateregga following a crisis of gowns that has marred the 70th graduation ceremony.
“The guild information ministry will hold a press conference tomorrow [Monday] at 9:30 am at the guild offices on the matter of graduation gowns,” the Makerere Students Guild announced.
“We encourage all graduands who haven’t received their gowns, parents and all media houses to feature,” it added.
However, press moved early and deployed at the university to prevent the conference from taking place.
The Students Guild said police didn’t only sabotage the press conference but also manhandled the information and gender ministers as well as Vice President, Judith Nalukwago.
A rare picture of journalists being chased out of the university
With each minute that goes by towards the 70th graduation, the fear arising from scarcity of graduation gowns on top of the inadequacy in information from the academic registrar’s office regarding the same increases, Kateregga said.
He noted that there has been a lot of information and misinformation going on about this very important matter and Ceremony.
“This night my team and I held a meeting with top management of the University to establish actual reason for the “crisis” and find a possible solution.”
He said they were able to establish that the Contracted supplier of 70th Graduation gowns informed management at last that he was experiencing challenges supplying gowns on time, actions that breach contract with the university.
“Nevertheless, management assured us that they have put in place emergency measures to ensure that every Graduand has their gown by the Close of business on Monday.”
He said the Office of the Academic Registrar was supposed to provide the Schedules on Sunday morning.
“As the 85th Students Guild, we Regret the inconveniences and hope that management implements it’s part as discussed.”
“Otherwise we wish all the graduating Colleagues in this 70th graduation Schedule Successful and happy life ahead as they make their Contribution to the Dreams and Aspirations of our Generation as we Build for the Future.”
Management accused Team Uniforms Limited company, whom the university contracted three years ago, of breaching contract and failing to deliver 70th graduation ceremony gowns on time.
Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said on Saturday said management has put in place emergency measures to ensure that gowns for all graduands are ready by the day they attend the ceremony.