Several international students from different universities in Uganda are stranded following the closure of schools.

Last week, President Museveni ordered for closure of all teaching institutions, Churches, bars for 32 days in a bid to mitigate the spread of Corona virus.

At Kampala International University, where there are a large number of international students, Dr Muhammad Mpezamihingo says that they do not have contingency plans for the students since the directive was abrupt.

“Our international students who stay with us in our hostels will be there, no problem but those who stay outside University will continue catering for them as they have always done,” Mpezamihingo said.

According to Reuben Twinomujuni the Senior Public relations officer Kyambogo University, since the University has closed all halls of residence, the international students have been allowed to stay behind but will take care of themselves if they don’t travel back home.

However, C.M. Kabagambe, the dean of students Makerere University in a letter dated 20th March 2020 to all Makerere students, says that international resident students who for strong reasons, may not be able to vacate the Halls should register with their hall wardens.

Kabagambe says international students, who will be allowed to stay, will shift to one Hall of residence where they will stay at their own cost.

Herthier R. Mufano the minister for External affairs at Makerere University says it is very difficult for most of them to go back to their home since there has been an outbreak of coronavirus and some of the borders closed.

Murid Ahammed, a first-year student of Cavendish university from Somalia says that he can’t travel back to Somalia due to lack of transport since the directive was abrupt.


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