Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu has finally welcomed the tear gas inventor, Samuel Mugarura aka Falcao.
This comes shortly after President Yoweri Museveni reportedly offered to meet a third-year Makerere University student of Chemistry and Botany who made tear gas from local materials.
When Mugarura launched his teargas last month, his lecturers disowned him and police labelled him a terrorist.
Dr John Wasswa, the head of the Chemistry department, a unit under the College of Natural Science, was the first to dismiss Mugarura’s invention saying the boy could not claim to make teargas or smoke bombs.
Metropolitan police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, said they had even confiscated a teargas canister.
Demonstrating the canister in an open field in Kajjansi, outside Kampala, Mugarura said each detonation round consumes materials worth Shs400,000.
He spent Shs3.4m over the last two years to buy ingredients for the gizmo to save police [which he says is jealous of him] the cost of importing teargas.
But police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi labelled the boy a wanted criminal”.
Everyone now rushes to share into the boy’s fame
A while ago, President Yoweri Museveni promised to support Mugarura’s project.
Makerere university administration that distanced its self from the student is now rushing to shower him with praises.
“I am proud of you for putting your class knowledge in use. This mean Makerere as a university is delivering the best. However, make sure you use the knowledge for the good reasons that can improve our community not the bad ones,” Ddumba told Mugarura.
Gen Jeje Odong, the Internal Affairs minister, also welcomed the innovation by Mugarura promising to support him.
Elioda Tumwesigye, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation has also pledged to support the boy.
“As the ministry of technology, we are willing to support such great students to ensure that their skills and knowledge grows,” Elioda said.
He added: “Its good move to get a tear gas inventor in Uganda and we are going to give him all the necessary support to develop his invention.”