The Dean of Students Kyambogo University, Ms Mildred Tibananuka has banned the carrying of bags into lecture rooms as a security precautionary measure against feared acts of terrorism.
The decision was reached at a security meeting held on Friday 29 October, 2021, where the University administration acknowledged the threat posed by the recent terrorist attacks across the country.
The dean of Students communicated the directive in a an open memo to the student fraternity.
“In an effort to prevent terrorism in Kyambogo University. it was agreed that students should not be allowed to carry bags and backpacks to lecture rooms,” the memo read in part.
The University administration fears that terrorists could use bags to carry explosive items into the University lecture halls which would put students’ lives at risk.
“The purpose of this communication therefore, is to inform you that students shall not be allowed to carry bags into lecture rooms. Students are advised to carry their books in the hands,” Ms Mildred Tibananuka communicated.
The communication has been met with various wide ranging reactions, most of which have been negative. Students have raised concerns about the subsequent safety of their valuable materials like laptops and other gadgets, which they now have to carry in hand.
The country has faced up to three terrorism attacks this month which have claimed several lives and injured others. Universities like Makerere and UCU have upped security on and around campus.