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MAK Hall renovation: Over 700 Students been ordered to vacate



The vice chancellor of Makerere University Prof Barbas Nawangwe has ordered more than 700 students residing in Lumumba Hall to relocate to other halls of residence to pave the way for renovation.
Makerere has nine halls of residence at the main campus; of which six are for males and the remaining three are for females.
The university officials agreed to have dilapidated halls of residence renovated starting with Lumumba Hall according to the letter addressed to the Dean of Students, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said the decision was reached during a meeting with the University Central Management Committee on September 12.
The letter reads “The purpose of this letter is to communicate to you the management’s decision and guide as follows; Lumumba hall should be closed with immediate effect to pave the way for renovation. Government-sponsored continuing students currently accommodated in Lumumba Hall should be relocated to the other halls of residence and by a copy of this letter, the chief security officer is requested to secure vacant possession of Lumumba Hall to pave way for smooth handover of the premises to the contractor.”

However the biggest question raised by affected students though is whether they will find space in other halls of residence.
Ms Shamim Nambasa, the outgoing guild president, said the university’s initiative is good.
She said “Lumumba Hall has three blocks, namely A, B and C and that Block C has been closed since 2006 in the name of renovation I advice the university to start with block C and have students rotate through different blocks during the work.”
Lumumba Hall accommodates the biggest number of students. It houses about 752 students, with 241 double rooms and two open blocks.
Other halls such as Mitchell accommodate about 500 students, Nkrumah (500), Nsibirwa (475), University (450), and Livingston (500) students, according to university authorities.

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