Authorities Close Mbarara Institute Over Illegal Operation

The institute has been operating in a residential house in Byafura-Kamukuzi division and had a total of 63 students at the time of closure.

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Authorities in Mbarara municipality have closed Mbarara institute of Business and Technology Studies because of poor hygiene and operating without a license.

The institute with 63 students by the time of closure has been operating in a residential house in Byafura-Kamukuzi division. 

A team led by Mbarara resident district commissioner, Lt. Col.James Mwesigye visited the Institution on Thursday morning and found it in a bad state. They also failed to trace the owners as well as any documents allowing it to operate in the premises.  

The group ordered the students to immediately vacate.  

Lt.Col Mwesigye says that his office got a tip off from local residents that the Institute had been in the area for close to four years and was claiming to be offering students with certificates and diplomas after completing the courses.

Mwesigye adds that the students have been asked to go back to their respective homes.

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Mbarara Municipal Education officer Francis Tumwebaze says that they were shocked to find out that the institution was hosting students in a congested area which was also unhygienic.  

Tumwebaze adds that the situation was worsened by the absence of a license from council for higher education allowing them to operate. The Institute also had a one stance toilet shared by males and females.

A student at the school told our reporter that the school owners have been confusing them and they do not even know who owns it. 

He says that the institution has been receiving students pursuing diplomas in business studies,civil engineering, records management and secretarial studies. By the time of filing this story, the students had packed their belongings and were leaving the premises. Police has been deployed to guard the Institute.