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Meet Falcao Mugarura, the Makerere Student Making Tear Gas [Photos]

Last week, the country was polarized over a Makerere University Student who had showcased his tear gas making project. Some thought he was a potential terrorist while others lauded him for his ingenuity. This Makerere University Student is none other than Falcao Mugarura. But who is Mugarura? How did he come to be?

This week, Mugarura chose to defend himself in an epilogue of sorts; “I am not a TERRORIST …I am a student ,and a proud citizen who just made his imaginations REAL …so let no one make this POLITICAL.
I am a MUKIGA from kigezi however my family migrated to kiruhura district, my home is in KAZO ….i went to kazo parents for my primary education and excelled my PLE exams then went to various schools for my secondary education , sat my UACE exams at kajansi progressive school then Joined MAKERERE UNIVERSITY on MERIT.
Iam doing this project for my country and my institution Makerere university which I still think is the best in REGION.
MAKERERE made me who iam , made me much more bigger and mature …I picked this explosive project because that’s what my heart has always told me to do…i thank God that the results are positive and I believe the government will give us a hand and UGANDA will never be the same again as we BUILD FOR THE FUTURE ….for God and my country.”


At Makerere University where he’s a student, he first became popular for being one of the front planners of strikes. In fact, he was to take on the nickname of “General.” This young and extraordinary chemist was denied by his lecturers after police labelled him a criminal. Yet there is no law in Uganda that’s against the making of explosives. As confident as they get, Mugarura epitomises what it means to be a Makerere University student.


The inspiration of his tear gas project was a tear gas canister he picked during a strike. Being part of the jobless brotherhood in the department of Research and Development, Mugarura decided to follow his instincts of replicating what he’d just picked. With a few youtube videos and other internet based research, combined with his chemistry lectures, he decided to execute on his project.

He’s a very fanatical soccer fan, a debater and a popular figure at the Makerere University College of Natural Sciences. It is his courage that always awes his friends. “I think Mugarura is a true definition of bold, agile and restless. What he says he will do, he does and even does much more. Even in strikes, he always throws the first stone, leads from the front lines and is willing to risk it all to stand up for what he believes in,” says Namubiru one of his ex-girlfriends.


The Inspector General of Government has decided that he will meet with Mugarura and forge a way forward. His childhood dream was to be a soldier. In fact, he was one of the first Crime Preventers at Makerere University. We now await to see what will come out of his meeting with the IGP.


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