There was commotion at Makerere University on Tuesday as graduands burst into excitement upon the arrival of singer Rema Namakula’s husband Hamza Sebunya. Mr Sebunya who made his entry in the middle of the 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 prime minister’s speech for several minutes.
It took the intervention plain-clothed security operatives who approached Hamza and talked to him before he stopped waving to the excited gathering. 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, Ms 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.
“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.