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Police to Deploy 1000 Personnel for Makerere Graduation

The number has been increased from 500 personnel deployed last year, due to the presence of continuing students at the university campus, according to Makerere University security officer Jackson Mucunguzi.

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Uganda police will deploy between 700 and 1000 personnel to beef up security at Makerere University, during the four-day graduation ceremony which starts tomorrow.

The number has been increased from 500 personnel deployed last year, due to the presence of continuing students at the university campus, according to Makerere University security officer Jackson Mucunguzi. Continuing students, whose end of semester one examinations close today, will have a one week ‘residential break' ahead of the second semester due to start on Sunday, February 26.

Mucunguzi said the personnel from with different police units will be deployed across the university and guard small gates to stop strangers from entering the university. He added that security personnel will also be on standby to handle unforeseen threats that may emerge during the graduation.

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The decision was reached during a security meeting chaired by Kampala Metropolitan police commander Mr Frank Mwesigwa this morning.

The meeting also agreed that Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Commander Norman Musinga engages Kampala Capital City Authority and contractors to stop the ongoing road constructions along Makerere hill road in order to ease traffic during the week. Makerere Hill Road stretches from Wandegeya to Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road.

The construction of roads inside the university has also stopped ahead of tomorrow's graduation.

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According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, KCCA is renovating Makerere University roads as a compensation for the 2.4 acres university land that was taken up due to the expansion of Makerere hill road.

At least 14,895 students will graduate in various disciplines over the next four days at Makerere University. These include 268 diplomas students, 13,275 undergraduate degree students, 1,277 Master's Degree students, and 75 PhD students.

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