Makerere Cautions Striking Students

The founder and director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda, find Mr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri won this year’s Waislitz Global Citizen Award for his outstanding charity work in Uganda.

The annual Award which includes a USD 100,000 prize is awarded to individual who best demonstrates global citizenship, impact, innovation, and potential.

Jackson was officially named the winner of the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award on September 24 at the Guggenheim Partners in New York City.

He was also honored at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York where he addressed over 60,000 people including world leaders about the plight of orphans.

The philanthropist who is a CNN Heroes Award winner told ChimpReports the Award testifies that God appreciates the work he has put into changing lives.

“It’s an honour to serve people in rural villages in my country Uganda. This award is a testimony that with God nothing is impossible. Grannies and orphans we serve pray every day and here is one if their prayers answered,” said Twesigye.

He also told us the USD 100,000 prize will go into the construction of the secondary and vocational school in Kambunga.

“I will try and find a match so we can double the impact. I encourage fellow Ugandans to join us on Dec. 1 at Hotel Africana so we can raise another USD 100,000 to finish science labs at Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School,” he said to ChimpReports.


Twesigye started the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in his village of Nyakagyezi in Kanungu district after losing a brother and a sister to the HIV/AIDS scourge.

The project was meant to assist the 1.1 million HIV/AIDS orphans who couldn’t afford education, were malnourished and vulnerable.

These orphans were being raised by their poor and aging grandmothers in Uganda.

Currently, Twesigye with the aid from kind friends and the community has built two primary schools,  a vocational secondary school, a health clinic, two gravity fed water systems, a farm and nutrition program, and two community libraries.

The Nyaka project also started the Grandmother Program that supports 7,004 grandmothers who are raising a collective 43,000 HIV/AIDS orphans.

The project empowers these elderly mothers with skills and resources to escape poverty including micro-finance loans, vocational training, counselling, farming tools, seeds, new homes, smokeless kitchens, and pit latrines.
Makerere University has strongly condemned the students who woke up Monday morning to hold a strike over fees payment.

In total disregard of the administration and their guild president’s advice, approved privately sponsored students held a mass demonstration in protest against the set deadlines in which they are required to pay tuition fees.

The students were expected to have cleared their fees by today Monday October 5 [six weeks into the semester] as per the university policy.

However, this web following last week’s talks between the guild and the administration, this deadline was extended by one month to Friday October 30.

The students on the other hand want this policy scrapped altogether, which the university has rejected.

“The tuition and functional fees are required to ensure that the University provides quality education as well as timely delivery of services to students,” said Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe in a communique.

According to Guild President David Bala, he and his team were meant to meet again with the University Council tomorrow Tuesday to find a lasting solution to this predicament.

Yesterday he cautioned the students’ community against proceeding with their strike, noting that this would complicate the said discussions.

“Fellow students, I understand your frustration but please let us make logical decisions, not decisions based on emotion. We want a permanent solution to our problem, not a temporary one,” he said.

Students however today proceeded with the demonstration. Some of them believe the guild has been bribed by the administration to sideline their views.

The university this morning condemned the strike and strongly cautioned the students’ community. Police deployment remains tight at the campus to contain the situation.


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