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Gov't Take Over Will Not Affect University-Mountains of the Moon Vice Chancellor

Professor John Kasenene, the Vice Chancellor Mountains of the Moon University, says that since the Presidents directive was made public, there have been concerns from students and lecturers who are a worried that a lot will change when the institution is in the hands of government.

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Professor John Kasenene, the Vice Chancellor Mountains of the Moon University, says the government takeover of the university will not affect the management of the institution.

Last week, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni to take over Mountains of the Moon and Busoga Universities.  

The move followed an application by Mountains of the Moon University in 2015 requesting government to take over the university citing lack of funds to run the institution.

Professor John Kasenene, the Vice Chancellor Mountains of the Moon University, says that since the President's directive was made public, there have been concerns from students and lecturers who are a worried that a lot will change when the institution is in the hands of government. 

He however, says the takeover was negotiated and that government will have to stick to the agreed terms.

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Kasenene said that government should understand that Mountains of the Moon is a community university and the current tuition is affordable by students and shouldn't be increased. He also said that to enable effective management of the university, there should be proper communication channels in case there are delays to pay salaries of lecturers to avoid strikes like it is the case in other public universities. 

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According to Kasesene, they hope that students from the university will also be able to benefit from education loans.

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The private institution located in Fort Portal, was established in 2005 by a team of eminent people from the Tooro region as a community university. The founders include Professor Edward Rugumayo, Justice Seith Manyindo and Tom Butime among others. 

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