The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has tasked the Makerere University Administration to use proceeds from the Makerere University Endowment fund Run to construct more halls of residence for girls.
Kadaga was meeting Makerere University Officials led by Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the Chairman of the University Council and the Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba Sentamu who, on Wednesday, 27th April, 2017, met with the Speaker at Parliament to brief her about the forthcoming Makerere University Endowment fund Run, and requested her to participate in it.
The Speaker noted that there was a disparity in accommodation accorded to female and male students with the latter having access to more halls of residence.
Girls have to walk through some unsafe places like Kikumi, Katanga and Kikoni where they may be attacked, yet the boys are safe within the University's premises. I therefore ask that you use some of the proceeds from the Run to build more halls for girls, Kadaga said.
The Speaker added that the private sector should put some money into the Endowment Fund especially for research and innovation, which will be beneficial to the country.
Eng. Wana-Etyem said that Makerere University came up with the fund to deal with the problem of being extremely underfunded. He said that the endowment fund will raise funds to support the University. He said that the run will take place on Sunday 14th May, 2017, at Makerere University.
Money will be raised through various sources and we would like to go through the Parliament and lobby support towards the endowment fund run and invite you, the Speaker as the chief runner, Eng. Wana-Etyem said.
Kadaga promised to participate and to ensure that something is done about the University. She asked MPs to amplify the issue of the Endowment Fund and talk about it in Parliament.
Others present at the meeting were, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Eng. Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe and other University officials. The MPs present included Hon. Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North), Hon. Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleeko (Nakifuma), and Hon. Anna Adeke (Youth Eastern).
Source: Parliament of Uganda