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Panic hits Kyambogo as hostel owners sell off students’ valuables to recover rent arrears

Kabojja Hostel which is found in Banda, a Kampala Suburb.(PHOTO BY RONARD SHABOMWE)

Kyambogo students are in shock after the University Hostels Association (UHA) notified them of the sale of valuable properties. The selling of student’s properties is peddled at clearing the outstanding hotel balances.

Ssematovu Hakim the UHA chairperson said Good shepherd, Kabbojja, Jussy, Wamala, and Servite are the only hostels that already have sold off the students’ properties.

“The selling off of these properties was done authoritatively under the guidance of the LC1, LC5, and the Guild. Some of the valuable items you left behind have been sold off to clear your dues as you all know we charge per semester and it is noted that your periodic semester was accomplished,” Ssematovu said in a letter.

“Yes I saw the letter, as well as, landlords were breaking rooms and removing properties. But not sure whether they were to be sold,” a student whose name withheld narrated.

She blamed the student’s ministry of affairs which cannot fight for the students’ protection in such uncertainties.

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In June 2021 President Yoweri Museveni ordered for closure of all learning institutions and gave a one-week ultimatum for all students to go back home.

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The closure of schools aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19. Students however left most of their valuables such as mattresses, suitcases, laptops, textbooks among others due to the hike of transport fares.

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