• Posted on: 13 March 2018
  • By: Presenters

A team of Makerere University Students is working round the clock, to complete the standardization of locally-made teargas over the next three months.

The group led by Samuel Falcao Mugarura has set June as the deadline for the completion of the product standardization phase and anticipate to start mass production by end of June. Mugarura thrust himself into the public limelight, garnering media attention in September 2016 when he launched what he termed as locally manufactured teargas.

Perceived as an average student academically then, Mugarura whose life was illustrated by "anarchism" - leading strikes - set the entire university into a state of bafflement with his teargas invention. The thrill caused by Mugarura's innovation earned him a call from State House and then a meet up with President Yoweri Museveni who promised support.

State Minister for Science Technology and Innovation Elioda Tumwesigye was tasked to follow Mugarura's project and make modalities for financial support. The team received 400 million Shillings from the government this financial year to standardise the product sample.

Mugarura is now working on the project with fellow chemists Ndugwa Fahad, Barasa Joel and Ssenyange Isaac, a lawyer assisting the team on intellectual property rights. The team is mentored by Prof Anthony Mugisha, a former dean at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources.

The chemical composition of the invention will be completed by end of this month, Mugarura said but it will be delayed by the mechanical designs