Police warns Kyambogo students on plans to disrupt 17th Graduation Ceremony

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KAMPALA– The Police have warned the aggrieved Kyambogo students who are dissatisfied with the court ruling to drop their plans of staging a demonstration on the graduation day set to kick off on Tuesday 21st.

In a joint meeting held at Kyambogo University on Monday afternoon, Police revealed that they have already received the information that there are students who have planned to disrupt the graduation, because they are not satisfied with the court ruling.

On Friday Last week, the High Court in Kampala dismissed an application filed on September 14th, 2021, by 45 students who sought a halt to the graduation ceremony fixed for September 21st to 23rd 2021 because their names were missing on the list of graduands.

Mission Samuel, the Chief Security Officer of Kyambogo University, said that the preparations by security are in high gear and that they are set to handle whoever tries to fail the graduation process.

He said that they have already got the information that a group of students is planning to attend the graduation ceremony forcefully, adding that these students even bought graduation gowns. He further warns that these people should know that authorities are aware of this, and they will regret it if they continue with their missions.

Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, the Vice-Chancellor of Kyambogo University without mentioning the names, said that this group of people is motivated by some politicians and that they are using students who failed to fulfill the University requirements for them to be on the graduation list.

“These are students who failed exams and most of them had retakes, so they fear what they will tell their parents and guardians because they will not graduate with the rest. Such students should abort their plans of disrupting us because we are prepared for them” Says Vice Chancellor Katunguka.

The Vice-Chancellor further revealed that the students who might have missed on the graduation list upon fulfilling all the requirements will be given their transcripts but they will not appear in the list.

“I know that there are also those students who missed on the list because of some reasons like late submission of their results by the Faculties or failing to fulfill other requirements. But in the last Senate meeting that was held on 10th, we agreed that we shall process their transcripts and they will get them with time” says Katunguka.

ASP Rogers Namanya, the East Kampala Metropolitan Police Acting Regional Traffic Officer told Journalists that Kyambogo University will be out of bound for the public and only the invited guests and those other authorized people will be allowed in the university.

ASP Namanya further cautioned whoever is using vehicles to follow the set Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs.

The first Kyambogo virtual graduation will have a maximum of one hundred and ten invited participants who will appear physically at Kyambogo University Eastern pitch sports ground and others will attend virtually. The invited guests include H.E the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who will be the Chief Guest and will address the guests from the Statehouse.

Other guests to attend are; minister for Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni, two students with special needs, four best students per faculty, graduate students and the procession.

According to Professor Katunguka, this is the first graduation with the highest number of students. A total number of 9521 students are set to graduate on 21st, 22nd, and 23rd September 2021.