Makerere University students today marched on the streets of Kampala to mourn the 147 students killed in an attack on Garissa University in Eastern Kenya last week.
The solidarity march which ended at the Kenyan High commission at Acacia Avenue in Kampala, was the climax of the Makerere for Garissa campaign which started with prayers in the university’s main building on Wednesday.
Over 500 students that took part in the march held placards condemning the terrorist act and denouncing activities of Al shabaab, a terror group that claimed responsibility for the attack.
The University Guild President Bala David Bwiruka said the Garisa attack was an injury to Makerere University.
“An attack on Kenyan Students is a direct attack on Ugandan students and others all over the world,” Bala said.
Colonel Julius Ngeri, a representative of the Kenya High Commissioner to Uganda, welcomed the solidarity expressed by the Makerere University students and called for increased vigilance.
“Our demand is for everybody, community and religion to preach and sensitize about the evil terrorism is and every terrorist whether someone’s brother or father should be treated as one,” Ngeri said.
Makerere University Information minister Davidson Ndyabahika said the march was also used to raise awareness in the public on the threat of terrorism.
“The public should be security cautious. We need to be responsible because security is not only a matter of police, but ours as well,” Ndyabahika said.
The president of the Kenyan Students Association at Makerere University, Christopher Mwangi said that students across East Africa should be united against terrorism.