Makerere University Guild President, Julius Kateregga, was moving about along Mawanda road within Kampala on Thursday 16th July, when he bumped into two students vending pineapples on the streets.

Enos Mulindwa is currently in year two at Makerere University in the School of Education while Roger Aheebwa is in the same year at the same university.

The two students are trying to defy the odds by not lamenting to the government to provide them with food. Seeing the tough conditions that have risen due to the lockdown, these two tried to think of a better way to stand tall. However much they are getting little from the sales, they are sure that they can at least get some money to buy food. Mulindwa and Aheebwa therefore took this up as a means of survival.

After meeting these student hustlers, Kateregga says he was reminded of his olden days when he was doing the same in Owino Market a few years before he became a guild president.

Kateregga has been loud in describing how challenging his education has been until he became the guild president of Makerere University. From vending shoes on the streets to failure to get tuition for a year. He has been loud in demanding consideration for people who come from low backgrounds.

He used the same post on his Facebook wall to stress how important it is to fight for affordable education in order to let such students have an education that can transform their societies.

“I was very touched by their courage and theirs is only a representative of what this generation goes through. This justifies our fight for affordable education as a means to transform our society. I was taken back to my maiden days when I was hustling down town Owino. Keep pushing brothers, we are that generation that must toil to change this nation and our destiny.” Kateregga said.

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