“We have requested for security beef up which has been done and operation coded “Visibility” netted many others today being interrogated by (Crime Investigation Department) CID,” Professor Bazeyo observed in an email sent to staff.
A 2013 photo of the Main Building, Makerere University against an almost clear blue sky.
The management of Makerere University has asked officers of the Uganda
Police Force to start arresting individuals accessing and idling
around the main campus.
Bazeyo, the acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) made the
stern warning and announcement to all staff and students on Tuesday evening.
According to Professor Bazeyo, the order was to be
implemented effective midnight of Tuesday March 24, 2020.
In his address to staff regarding the security at Makerere
University campus, Professor Bazeyo says the security operatives at the
institution have continuously encountered “a number of different people
loitering around our buildings/offices at different times of the day without identification.”
“We have requested for security beef up which has been done
and operation coded “Visibility” netted many others today and they are being interrogated by
the Crime Investigation Department,” said Professor Bazeyo in an email
sent to staff.
Among other stringent measures, the University has ordered
closure of all entrances to the University with exception of the main gate.
“This applies to both motorized and Non-Motorized (vehicles
and walking on foot). Please Note; There will be no exceptions. You are all
advised to comply for security purposes of our University. Anybody entering by
any other route will immediately be arrested without any further warning,” he
The University authorities say the order will remain in
force until the lock-down because of the COVID -19 is over or the University is re-opened.
Makerere University closed on March 20, 2020 following a Presidential
directive to close schools, tertiary institutions and universities as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID -19.
According to the closure guidelines issued by Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the university Vice Chancellor,
asked all staff to go home, with a exception of a few.
Among the staff that remained working during the closure
include those that would help fulfill the institution’s administrative
functions including financial administration and reporting, preparations of
admissions for academic year 2020/2021 and maintenance of the University
Estate, security, legal advisory and University Hospital services.
The staff categories include; all staff at the University
Hospital, all custodians of buildings that have remained open during the period,
all Security Personnel, five staff in the Office of the Dean of Students and
four staff in the Directorate of Legal Affairs.
Others are 3 staff in the Directorate of Information and
Communications Technologies (DICTS), seven staff in the Directorate of Internal
Audit, five 5 staff in the Directorate of Human Resources and 15 staff in the
Department of Finance.
Also working are the staff responsible for students'
Admission processes in the department of the academic registrar and the
Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) as well as all faculty
with ongoing research projects and those required to upload students' results
on the AIMS system.
Others are all 20 both Principals and Deputy Principals of Colleges,
all the 29 Deans of Schools, 10 College Bursars and all 18 Members of Central
Management along with their secretaries and drivers.
URN has also learnt that all international students who
have been residing in the University Halls of residence and were unable to
travel back to their home countries were provided with accommodation in
Livingstone Hall for males and Africa Hall for females.
URN has however established that there are currently only four
international students, two in Africa Hall and another two in Livingstone.
But Heritier Mufano, the Guild External Affairs Minister
says majority of international students have been staying in hostels outside
the university. However, following the presidential directive, Mufano says the
students continue to be harassed as the hostel owners asked them to vacate.
“There are a considerable number estimated around 30 students’
majority girls who have nowhere to go. On parental grounds, I am kindly
requesting these students to meanwhile be allowed in the designated Halls of Residence,” says Mufano, in his March 23, 2020 letter to the
Vice Chancellor, Professor Nawangwe.