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Nawangwe issues statement on COVID-19, asking students to leave Campus. FILE PHOTO

Makerere VC Nawangwe advises all students to comply and leave University premises after closure over COVID-19

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe has urged students to comply with President Museveni’s directive and leave the University premises as a coronavirus disease COVID-19 control measure.

President Museveni yesterday on Wednesday 18th ordered the temporary closure of all schools, bars, places of worship and other places that attract large gatherings over Coronavirus fears.

Hours after his speech, Professor Nawangwe who was first to post a video of him on Facebook speaking about the directive said Makerere University was deeply in support and willing to take on the order effectively.

Nawangwe in the video was heard requesting students to comply with everything the President had decided about coronavirus disease COVID-19 because it is in the best of all those involved.

He implied that the move was aimed at helping to reduce on the areas that can spark the easy spread of the virus and also save lives.

“This was necessary because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This move is to help stem the spread of the virus and save lives. Makerere University welcomes this move. As required by law, the chairperson council will tomorrow (Thursday) sign an instrument closing the university by midday on Friday,” Nawangwe stated in a video.

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Nawangwe issues statement on COVID-19, asking students to leave Campus. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, he called on all stakeholders and the university community to stay calm and abide with the President’s directive and vacate the university premises for 32 days.

“ I call upon all stakeholders and the university community to stay calm and implement the Presidential directive. It means that all students should vacate the university premises by mid-day on Friday.”President Museveni orders closure of bars, schools and suspends large gatherings for 32 days over COVID -19

As of today, no case of Coronavirus has been reported in Uganda however, all Uganda’s closest neighbours including Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda have all registered at least more than one case.

Museveni who was speaking to the country about the outbreak of the deadly pandemic implied that it is a wise move even before Uganda has registered any case to put up measures that can prevent it from spreading.

According to Museveni the population estimate of Ugandans is at 42 million and they are determined to see that all these people are not concentrated in one place.

Therefore, they have decided that all schools will close for one month from Friday 20th March starting from mid-day. 

Meanwhile, all religious gatherings and places of worship including churches and Mosques have also been suspended for a month with immediate effect.