Members of Parliament from Bunyoro sub-region are lobbying government to operationalise Bunyoro University this year. The 18 legislators under their Bunyoro Parliamentary Caucus told Cabinet that a public university is Bunyoro’s current top priority.
“The proposal for Bunyoro University is in Parliament and members of the executive have received this concern. It is being welcomed in many circles and we continue to lobby that it is considered,” the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Henry Kajura, said at the weekend. He said the MPs want the demand included in the 2012/2013 Budget.
Bunyoro region which comprises Kibaale, Hoima, Buliisa, Masindi and Kiryandongo districts, lacks a public university, an issue that has been the centre of concern in Bunyoro Kingdom.
The kingdom argues that lack of a university in the area is hampering education standards, since those who cannot afford the costs of attaining university education in other areas and abroad find it extremely difficult to finalise school.
Mr Kajura said government is also considering the possibility of setting up constituent colleges in three districts but declined to name them and when those colleges will become operational.
Bunyoro Kingdom Spokesperson Henry Ford Mirima said the kingdom wants the university to prioritise offering petroleum-related courses which will offer skills relevant to Uganda’s budding oil industry.
Mr Kajura, who is also the Hoima Municipality MP, tasked the Banyoro to search for and tap contracts and jobs in the oil and gas sector. The secretary of the caucus, Ms Tophas Kaahwa Byagira, said the location of the proposed university caused a disagreement within the caucus, with one group fronting Kigumba, in Kiryandongo District, while another wants the school in Hoima.