Makerere University students march for Garissa attack victims

Makerere University students standing with Garissa University College community in mourning the victims and condemning the attackers

Makerere University students standing with Garissa University College community in mourning the victims and condemning the attackers

 

Students of Makerere University have marched in the Ugandan capital Kampala in solidarity with their Kenyan counterparts in the wake of last week’s attack on Garissa University in Kenya by al-Shabab militants that left 148 students dead.

The students who carried placards, marched to the Kenyan Embassy in Kampala on Friday Morning where they handed over a condolence message to the Acting Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda Col Julius Ngera, in which they condemned the attack on the Kenyan students.

The Makerere University Guild President David Bala Mwiruka said that as Makerere University students they stand with their Kenyan counterparts in these trying times and want the perpetrators of the attack brought to justice.

The Acting Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda Julius Ngera commended Makerere University students for showing solidarity and expression of sympathy in the wake of the attack. “We really appreciate your efforts, your solidarity. What you have done today is a manifestation of the true friendship between Ugandan and Kenyan youth”

Mr. Ngera went on to say “we have received so many condolence messages from Ugandans from all walks of life and we sincerely appreciate all of them because that shows that Ugandans and Kenyans we are one community, we have the same aspirations, we share the same pain.”

Makerere University students also recently held a vigil in the University’s main hall in memory of the students who died in the attack.Suudhi Muutya, the Chairperson Makerere University Muslim Students Association, who led the first prayers, condemned the attacks and cautioned students to be vigilant.

“Muslims are not terrorists but a small group of people use Muslim faith to their selfish interests. The attacks are not only about Kenya, it could happen anywhere in the world, so we have to stand up and fight against these goons,” Muutya said.

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One muslim student demonstrating against Al-Shabaab terrorists

Christopher Mwangi, the president of Makerere University Kenyan Students Association (MUKESA) urged the students to be security conscious and mind the people around them.

“148 may be seen as just a number, but this is a big future of this world. Let us stand against these acts of cowardice and low self-esteem,” Mwangi said as he broke down in tears.

Four terrorists stormed the university in Kenya last week and killed 142 students three police officers and three army officers in the deadliest attack since the 1998 American embassy bombing in which 200 people died.
Meanwhile, the four terrorism suspects that were arrested in the border district of Kasese on Thursday have been transferred to police headquarters in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

The four men were arrested at Nyakasanga along the Kasese-Fort portal road aboard a Prado vehicle with Kenyan number plates – KAS 777R. At the time of the arrest, the vehicle was heading to the Mpondwe border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bakari Muga the Rwenzori Regional Police spokesperson confirmed to this website that the four men, who are suspected to be members of the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab, have been transferred to Kampala for interrogation. Their vehicle remains grounded at the Kasese central police station.They include three Kenyans and one Congolese National.

Security is heightened along the common border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that has for years harbored the training camps of the Allied Democratic Forces a Uganda rebel group with Islamic militants’ links. Muga said that there is need for vigilance among the residents of Kasese and Bundibugyo whose borders are targeted by the ADF rebels in case they plan to carry out terror attacks on Uganda.