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According to the 39 page document a copy of which our reporter has obtained, the current University Board of Governors and the governing council will soon be dissolved and a new one constituted in accordance with the charter.
Bishop Yona Mwesigwa Katonene of west Ankole diocese.
The Ankole diocesan council has approved a new charter streamlining the governance of Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology-AWIST, university project. The charter gives Ankole diocese full ownership and control of the university project, bringing an end to the dispute between Christians in Sheema and Yona Mwesigwa Katonene, the Bishop of Ankole diocese. 

Members of the diocesan council include Marvin Baryaruha, the Ankole Diocesan Chancellor, Prof. Eli Katunguuka Rwakishaya, the Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University, James Akello, a consultant, Yorokamu Katwiremu, the Sheema South MP, Jova Kamateeka, the Mitooma  District Woman MP, Reverand Arthur Atwine, the diocesan secretary and diocesan education secretary Rev. Didas Ntweta. 

Only Yorokam Katwiremu, the Sheema south MP has not yet appended his signature on the charter on the grounds that he would first understand everything involved in the charter.  The new charter was first agreed upon by a joint consultative meeting, which convened on December 30th 2013 to provide a lasting solution to the conflicts that had escalated in Sheema district concerning the management of the University.  

According to the 39 page document a copy of which our reporter has obtained, the current University Board of Governors and the governing council will soon be dissolved and a new one constituted in accordance with the charter.  The charter also reduces members of the governing council from 24 to 17. They are to be appointed by the diocesan council. The new charter comes barely a month after a group of Christians dragged the bishop to court accusing him of financial impropriety and meddling in the affairs of the university project.

Led by Sam Kahinda and Yowasi Makaru, the former Bushenyi LC 5 chairperson the petitioners are opposed to the decision by West Ankole diocese to open branches for the university in other areas saying it is premature.  In April 2014, a section of Christians in Sheema district blocked the Bishop from accessing several churches where he was scheduled to confirm hundreds of children.

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