Challenges Await New Muteesa I University VC

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New Muteesa I Royal University vice chancellor, Professor Arthur Sserwanga, takes office amid challenges including poor sanitation and lack of a computer laboratory.Professor Sserwanga was installed on Wednesday at the Masaka-based institution by Prince David Wassajja who represented his brother, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

New Muteesa I Royal University vice chancellor, Professor Arthur Sserwanga, takes office amid challenges including poor sanitation and lack of a computer laboratory.
 
Professor Sserwanga was installed on Wednesday at the Masaka-based institution by Prince David Wassajja who represented his brother, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. The Kabaka is the Chancellor of the university owned by Buganda Kingdom.
 
The seven-year old university has been marred by students’ riots including one in 2012, when students staged a weeklong protest demanding the sacking of the then vice chancellor Prof. Elisha Ssemakula. The students accused him of mismanaging the university.
 
The students also accused the university management of failing to address the poor sanitation at the university, poorly equipped library and lack of computer laboratory. The students locked Aloysius Matovu Joy, an education commissioner in Buganda Kingdom in one of the university latrines to feel the stench of what they go through.
 
Amid constant protests, Prof Ssemakula resigned.  Prof. Isaac Kigongo Bukenya has been acting as Vice Chancellor until this week when a substantive vice chancellor was installed. Prof. Arthur Sserwanga formerly worked at Makerere University Business School before taking up his new role at Muteesa One Royal University.
 
 
Speaking at the installation ceremony Dr. Twaha Kaawaase, the Buganda Kingdom Education Minister, implored the new Vice Chancellor to take charge of the university. He challenged him to address many of the challenges the university faces including securing a much needed university charter.
 
 
Dr. Kaawaase asked Prof. Sserwanga to refocus the university to vocational training. He also ordered all the members of the university teaching staff to go back and undertake doctoral studies saying it is the only way the university can secure the much needed charter.
 
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Gerald Wangi, the Guild President of Muteesa One Royal University said the student community expects the new Vice chancellor to address many unresolved problems. He identified some of them as lack of fully equipped laboratory and library.
 
Wangi claims that due to lack of a library they trek to Kampala to carry out more research work.
 
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Prof. Arthur Sserwanga said he is ready to face and address some of the problems, adding that he plans to revamp the library by introducing e-library as opposed to stocking books.
 
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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.

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