The college was promised by President Museveni during the 2016 campaigns. Shortly after the elections, a task-force led by Dr Sidonia Angom Ochieng was set up to start the process of establishing the university college.
The Constituent College of Agriculture taskforce in Moroto
has asked Members of Parliament to help lobby for funding for the university.
The college under Gulu University was promised by President Museveni during the 2016 campaigns. Shortly
after the elections, a task-force led by Dr Sidonia Angom Ochieng was set up to
start the process of establishing the university college.
It is aimed at enabling students from Karamoja to access to higher
education at a lower cost.
The Taskforce started lobbying with local governments in the Karamoja
region for support.
Moroto district council donated 200 acres of land for the college.
The task-force continued lobbying for more land and it secured 795 acres from
However, the land was given out by residents with hopes of getting compensation
from the university. But it later turned out that the university has no money
to compensate landowners.
Currently, the community demands 6.5 Billion shillings to be able to surrender
their land to the college.
Dr Ochieng pleaded with MPs to raise the matter in the floor of
Parliament for considerations in order to allow construction of the university
college to kick start.
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Kaps Hassan Fungaroo, however, said there are conflicting reports about
compensation for the university and his committee would follow up the issue to
find out the truth. But he advised the people of Karamoja to donate the land
free because the university will particularly address education challenges of
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But Adome Moses Bildard, a member of the committee says that the people must be
adequately compensated to enable them acquire land elsewhere.