Mukono- At least 150 stranded Uganda Christian University (UCU) students on Friday, May 15, have received food relief from Inter-religious council of Uganda.
Each student got 3kgs of beans,5kgs of maize flour, 1bar of soap, 9 packets of lato milk, 2 kgs of wheat flour,1kg of powdered milk, and half a litre of cooking oil to support them during the lockdown.
The UCU Director of Students’ Affairs, Bridget Mugasira Mugume, said that a total of 250 students are stranded in the hostels because they thought the lockdown would last for a short time.
Mugume said: “The university management contacted inter-religious council for support when the matter was brought to their attention by the student leaders.”
“We hope to get more support from the office of the Prime Minister because we still have needy students; including 30 from Kampala Campus whom we hope will benefit in the second and third phase of the distribution,” Mugume added
The Chairperson of UCU Electoral Commission Boss John Bruce, said that the stranded students contacted them about their plight in the hostels and they had to look out for help.
“I am very glad that my colleagues have received food to sustain them for the next few days. However, we do not know when the lockdown will end, so we are seeking for a long term solution.” Bruce said
Bruce noted that through the university’s computer services, they have created a link which helps them to record information such as names, home district and contacts for easy coordination of the students.
Deogratius Anguria, a third year Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management student, said that he is excited to receive the food but hopes to get a long term solution.
Anguria said: “Life was very difficult but when I got the news about the food, my hope was restored,”
In an earlier interview, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, David Mugawe, said that they were aware of the situation and were verifying the list of the affected students and planning on how to help them better.
He said: “It was brought to our attention and we are aware of the situation. We trying to verify the list to know if everyone on the list is a student as well as see the genuine need. After verifying, we are looking at short term and long term interventions because we do not know how long this will take.”
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