President Yoweri Museveni has endorsed a proposal by members of Banyakigezi community for government to take over Kabale University. Museveni reportedly endorsed the proposal on March 19th in a meeting with members of parliament, district officials and other stakeholders from Kabale district at state house Entebbe.
Rhona Ritah Ninsiima, Kabale District Woman MP who attended the meeting says that, government would take over Kabale University but make it a constituent College of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She says Museveni argued that being a young institution Kabale University cannot operate as a fully fledged public university because a lot is still desired to make an independent university.
Ninsiima however says that Museveni didn’t set a specific timeline when government will take over Kabale University. Professor Joy Kwesiga, Vice Chancellor Kabale University has welcomed the planned take over her university by government. She says that before meeting the president the university leadership and Kabale district local government agreed on the position.
Kabale University was started way back in 2001 by members of Banyakigezi community with the aim of providing quality education to needy students from Kigezi region. But a few years after it started operating, Kabale University was embroiled in wrangles over its ownership and failure to pay Kabale district local government for 52 acres of land allocated to the university.
Some of Banyakigezi University accused Prof. George Kanyeihamba, Kabale University chancellor, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Dr. Rama Makuza Chairperson Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. James Tumwine, University Council Chairperson and Dr. Peter Ngategize of appointment and staff welfare committee and Henry Rwaganika, the Legal counsel of turning the university into a business of their own.
As a result, the members proposed that government takes over the institution and turns into a public university. Patrick Besigye Kaihwa, Kabale district chairperson noted that turning the university into a public institution will enable the region to benefit more. Kaihwa said the district would automatically offer land at a free cost once the university is taken over by government.