President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his concern over the reported cases of insecurity at Makerere University, reportedly caused by failure to erect a perimeter fence.
He assured the Makerere University Community that the Government would solve the problem of the fence by having it constructed through the Ministry of Education.
The President was on Saturday addressing the Makerere NRM Sub County Conference at the Freedom Square, Makerere University in Kampala.
His comments follow reports of mysterious student deaths and attacks around the university.
During the meeting he received a copy of a book “The fruits of the mustard seed” from the author Mr. Muhanguzi Rwigyema who is a student at the University.
He also received a copy of “The power of optimism”, written by a lecturer Dr. Moses Lukwago.
The President in his remarks, said that education is a prerequisite to living modern lives and that the NRM introduced UPE with the aim of enlightening the people, adding that we cannot remain peasants forever.
“Education is a factor towards generating income and managing modern life. The NRM Government has practiced its leadership along four major principles namely the fight against sectarianism, Pan-Africanism, social economic transformation and democracy,” he said.
He said that NRM differs from the other political parties because it fights against sectarianism, adding that the colonialists added another problem of religious sectarianism into Uganda.
He observed that at the time of Uganda’s independence in 1962 the sectarianism vice persisted.
He stressed that a tribal identity good for the promotion of languages and culture.
He revealed that through the principle of Pan Africanism we are able to expand the market for our products.
He called on Ugandans to work for political and economic transformation of Uganda.
He said that in order to have prosperity we must believe in Uganda and avoid tribal and religious sectarianism.
President Museveni observed that the NRM and majority of Ugandans fought for democracy and that Uganda helps the regional countries to restore order because `we have got internal strength’.
He said that the country has got a good army and attributed its positive qualities to a good ideology.
President Museveni called on the Makerere NRM branch to avoid cheap popularity and reminded the gathering that in 1986, government was generating revenue of only Ush 5 billion as compared to a collection of Ush 12 trillion in 2015.
He informed the NRM meeting that the Government has scored a good number of achievements and attributed them to its policy of operating under the system of prioritization.
The Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Mondo Kagonyera urged the University community to give the Government a chance to serve them.
The Chairman of Makerere NRM Sub County Prof. Peter Baguma saluted the President for his efforts to uplift the social economic status of Ugandans.
He thanked President Museveni for restructuring the Ministry of Education by including the Department of Technology.
The Makerere University Guild President Bala David Bwiruka thanked President Museveni for facilitating their lecturers with better remunerations.