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Makerere “to Investigate” Graduation Gowns Saga

Makerere University has said it will investigate circumstances surrounding the production of its graduation gowns.

With less than a a week to its 70th graduation event, the university was recently hit with a crisis after it emerged that more than 13,000 students set for graduation had not been able to access gowns for the event.

Makerere last year took over production of the new branded gowns, which were previously accessible on the market.

However, it has emerged that a company named Team Uniform Ltd which was contracted by the university to make the gowns, recently started importing them from China.

The supplier reportedly plugged supply recently due to a pending unpaid debt from the previous year.

Early this week Makerere University revealed that it was able to secure 7000 gowns of the 13,000 needed, from the  supplier.

Amid growing scrutiny and with students threatening to strike, the university this afternoon put out a statement announcing that investigation would be launched into the gowns contract.

“Management has taken interest in the circumstances surrounding the gown production by the contractor and will investigate.”

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The University’s head of Communications Dr Muhammad Kiggundu promised to get back to us, about the impending investigations.

 

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