The police have been deployed at Great Lakes Regional University,
Kanungu district over the ownership row.
The row is between Dr Hamlet Mbabazi Kabushenga, the University
Founder and chancellor and administrators led by Honest Wilkins Natukwasa and,
the current University Director.
Kabushenga has been the University Founder since its establishment
in 2004 until June last year when the university’s funders Child to Family
Community Development Organization (CHIFCOD), ordered him to resign over
allegations of mismanagement of funds.
CHIFCOD also funds the progress of Great Lakes High School,
Nyamirama Parents Primary School, Kirima Parents Primary School, Rutenga
Parents Primary School, Nyakabungo Parents’ Primary School, and Kataate
Health Center IV in Kanungu.
In a letter dated September 25 2021 and addressed to Joab Turyamwebarize,
the University Council Chairperson, Kabushenga tendered in his resignation.
However, on Saturday last week, Kabushenga made a U-Turn and
declared that he is still the official founder and chancellor of the
University. On the same day, Kabushenga stormed the university grounds located
along Kanungu-Kihihi road Bushuura village, Kirima Sub-county accompanied with
a group of unidentified people and chased away all the students and staff who
had arrived at the institution for official reporting on Monday this week.
Kabushenga argued that Natukwasa is not supposed to open the
institution and that the University Vice-Chancellor, Dorothy Kabugo has been
sacked under his leadership. Kabushenga also argued that he has
appointed Godfrey Karabenda Tumwebaze as the Chairperson Board of Trustees. Karabenda
is also the Kanungu Town Council Mayor.
However, a section of the students attempted to lynch Kabushenga.
On Tuesday, Hajji Shafiue Ssekandi, the Kanungu Resident District
Commissioner intervened and ordered the deployment of police at the university.
Frank Namara, the Great Lakes Regional University Secretary says
that the presence of security at the university is to ensure that there is
peace until the feud is solved.
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Natukwasa says that Kabushenga is not supposed to be at the university
premises since he resigned. Natukwasa also says that so far, the University
recognizes Chancellor Dr Holga Halter Liso, a German national as a
chancellor but not Dr Kabushenga.
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Dorothy Kabugo, the Acting University Vice-Chancellor says that it
was wrong for Kabushenga to storm the university with unknown people unidentified
people armed with machetes and sticks to destabilize the institution’s
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But, Dr Kabushenga denied the allegations and claimed ownership of
Kabushenga says that those claiming ownership of the university
are impersonators and encroachers on his property.
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Godfrey Karabenda Tumwebaze, the Chairperson Board of Trustees
said that Kabushenga should not be side-lined because all the projects funded by
CHIFCOD are operating on land that belongs to Kabushenga.
Ritah Asiimwe, the Great Lakes Regional University Guild
President called for dialogue to resolve the dispute.