Makerere University has commenced investigations into the importation of the University’s 70th graduation gown, an act that has been largely criticised by Ugandans.
This follows reports that the University had received from China the first batch of graduation gowns for the the ceremony that is scheduled to take place next week.
It has been confirmed that so far, a total of 7,000 graduation gowns have been received by the university out of the more than 13,000 required for the graduands.
Team Uniform Limited, the firm contracted to exclusively supply the patented graduation gowns opted to tailor and import the graduation gowns from China over reasons that are yet to be established.
The decision to import gowns from China has left many Ugandans wondering whether there are no Ugandan companies that would do the work.
This has caused an uproar on social media. University students have threatened a strike, which is likely why the the university administration issued a statement saying it would probe into the issue.
“Production of the patented Makerere University graduation gown is managed by a Ugandan contractor who has been producing them locally. Management has taken interest in the circumstances surrounding the #Mak70thGrad gown production by the contractor and will investigate,” Management noted.