Excitement as Hamzah interrupts PM Rugunda's speech at Makerere graduation

Tuesday January 14 2020

Dr Hamzah Sebunya (2nd right) during Makerere

Dr Hamzah Sebunya (2nd right) during Makerere University's 70th graduation ceremony on January 14, 2020. PHOTOs BY DAVID LUBOWA  

By DAMALI MUKHAYE

There was commotion at Makerere University on Tuesday as graduands burst into excitement upon the arrival of singer Rema Namakula’s husband Hamzah Sebunya.
Mr Sebunya who made his entry in the middle of Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda's speech is among the 13,509 students graduating at Makerere University this week.

He told journalists that he was graduating with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) Class of 2020.
His arrival caused excitement among the graduands who kept shouting his name and Rema’s thus interrupting the minister’s speech for several minutes.
It took the intervention plain-clothed security operatives who approached Mr Sebunya and talked to him before he stopped waving to the excited gathering.

L-R: The guest of honour PM Ruhakana Rugunda
L-R: The guest of honour PM Ruhakana Rugunda who represented President Museveni, Education minister Janet Museveni and Makerere University Prof Ezra Suruma lead a procession to the venue for the university’s 70th graduation ceremony.


However, Mr Sebunya told journalists that he wasn’t to blame because he had no control over public excitement over his presence.

In a brief interview with the journalists, Mr Sebunya said he plans to set up a hospital with emphasis on maternal and child health.
“Many women in this country die due to over bleeding during child birth and their conditions are usually not regulated,” he said.
Meanwhile in her speech, education minister Janet Museveni said the efforts by her ministry to promote girl child had started yielding results given the fact that female students have accounted for 50.5 percent (6820) of the total number of graduands.

Graduands during Makerere University's 70th
Graduands during Makerere University's 70th graduation ceremony on January 14, 2020

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“This is the first time the number of female graduands are surpassing male students since the inception of the university,” she said before tasking Makerere university researchers to find out why the number of female students at Masters and PhD levels is still smaller.
In his opening remarks, the university vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said they had procured 15,000 gowns for graduands who have not yet got theirs.
He also said the certificates and transcripts for graduands were ready for picking.

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