Prof. Okwakol directs the university halt the graduation until outstanding issues are resolved. Saulo Waigolo, the Public Relations Officer NCHE has confirmed the decision, saying that the decision was reached after realizing that the warring factions had set parallel graduation ceremonies for the same students.
The National Council for
Higher Education-NCHE has stopped the graduation ceremony at Great Lakes
University following the escalation of the ownership disputes among the
directors. The row pits Dr. Hamlet Mbabazi Kabushenga, the University
Founder and Chancellor against the administrators led by Honest Wilkins Natukwasa,
the current University Director. Kabushenga founded the University in 2004.
However, the funders Child
to Family Community Development Organization (CHIFCOD) forced him to
resign in June last year over allegations of financial impropriety. The dispute
has drawn the attention of the NCHE. In a leaked November 11th,
2021 letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellor Dorothy Kabugo, Professor Mary Jossy
Nakhanda Okwakol, the Executive Director NCHE, says that due to the complaints
regarding the governance and management challenges at the university,
the council has established that the university is not suitable to hold
The university director, Honest
Wilkins Natukwasa had set to hold the graduation on November 19th,
2021 while Kabushenga scheduled another event on December 11, 2021.
Prof. Okwakol directs the university halt the graduation until outstanding
issues are resolved. Saulo Waigolo, the Public Relations Officer NCHE has
confirmed the decision, saying that the decision was reached after realizing that
the warring factions had set parallel graduation ceremonies for the same
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On Friday evening, Kabugo released a written
statement informing students that the ceremony had been halted until
further notice. Natukwasa also told our
reporter this morning that his faction has no problem with the order
from NCHE since it is aimed at creating sanity.
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In September this year, Kabushenga tendered in his
resignation but made a U-turn a week later and declared that he is still
the official founder and chancellor of the University.
the university campus along Kanungu-Kihihi road Bushuura village Kirima
Sub-county accompanied with unidentified people and chased away all the
students and staff who had arrived at the institution for official opening.
that Natukwasa is not supposed to open the institution and that the
University Vice-Chancellor, Dorothy Kabugo had been sacked.
Kabushenga revealed that he had appointed Godfrey Karabenda Tumwebaze,
the Kanungu town council Mayor as the Chairperson Board of Trustees.
A section of the students attempted to lynch Kabushenga.
On, November 4, officials from NCHE led by
Innocent Mary Tumwesige Asiimwe, a technical officer visited the
institution and launched investigations into the dispute. They held a
closed-door meeting with Natukwasa, Kabugo and other officials at the
university premises and later also met Kabushenga in Kanungu town
Later, Kabushenga through his lawyers Alvarez
Advocates issued an order demanding that Natukwasa, Dorothy Kabugo
University Vice-Chancellor, Eleanor Nyamishana University Bursar, and
Wensi Munyamagana, the academic registrar to vacate the university
premises citing trespass.
This prompted Natukwasa to petition the civil
division high court in Kampala requesting for a temporary injunction barring
Kabushenga from accessing the university premises. The matter is
scheduled for hearing on November 24, 2021.
Erasmus Twaruhukwa , the director
in charge of Legal Services and Human Rights in the Uganda Police Force also wrote to
the Director Directorate of Criminal Investigations Department on November 10th,
2021 to swiftly open a general inquiry file and probe the fraudulent
takeover of Great lakes University and other five education institutions under
CHIFCOD in Kanungu district.