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Bunyoro Revives University Establishment Plan

Harriet Businge, the Minister of education in Bunyoro explains that over the last one month, stakeholders have been drawing out a work plan to have the university in place. These stakeholders include political leaders at local and national levels, central government officials and educationalists among others.

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Lack of stakeholder involvement is partially to blame for the unsuccessful target of starting a university in Bunyoro region, Kingdom officials have said.

The observation came at the launch of renewed efforts to realize the long-awaited plan for establishing a university within Bunyoro. Authorities are now targeting September 2014 as the new cut-off date for having the university in place.

Harriet Businge, the Minister of education in Bunyoro explains that over the last one month, stakeholders have been drawing out a work plan to have the university in place. These stakeholders include political leaders at local and national levels, central government officials and educationalists among others.

They have also put in place a mobilization committee, a technical committee comprising of eight professors and the finance committee to mobilize for the university’s establishment.

Businge who also chairs the new university’s mobilization committee says the team that conceived the idea of starting the institution had failed to bring on board all stakeholders leading to the stalemate.

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Reports indicate that many students in Bunyoro drop out at after A-Level because they cannot afford the expense involved in travelling to Kampala, Tooro or Northern Uganda to further their education.

In 2010 Banyoro living in the Diaspora, under an organization called Sarisa attempted to start a university, being hosted in the Bunyoro kingdom buildings. Their plan however did not yield results.

Last year Bunyoro affairs minister Ernest Kiiza announced that government had advanced plans to start Bunyoro University of Petroleum and Applied Sciences.

However, this week, the Omukama of Bunyoro Solomon Gafabusa Iguru offered 45 hectares of land and kingdom buildings to accommodate the proposed Bunyoro Community University. The land is located in Buhanika Sub-County, Hoima district, less than ten kilometers from Hoima town.

The kingdom buildings are located in the heart of Hoima town next to the omukama’s palace. Announcing the donation, the king said Bunyoro region stood out as the only region in Uganda without a fully-fledged University and this was slowly putting the region at risk of creating a less educated society.

However members of the public have welcomed the news with skepticism. Wycliffe Wobusiinge a secondary school teacher in Hoima hails the kingdom for the efforts but says he only waits for the institution’s actual operations.

He says since this issue of the university is a long unachieved idea, the kingdom has duty to prove the critics wrong by having the university finally start.

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