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- In a June 7 letter, the minister said Prof Kyamanywa will execute duties of the chairperson of the management committee to establish Bunyoro University as a public institution
The minister of Education and Sports, Ms Janet Kataha Museveni, has appointed Prof Samuel Kyamanywa to head the taskforce for the establishment of Bunyoro University.
In a June 7 letter, the minister said Prof Kyamanywa will execute duties of the chairperson of the management committee to establish Bunyoro University as a public institution.
“I am pleased to appoint you to serve as the chairperson of the taskforce management committee to establish Bunyoro University as a public university. You will carry out duties under the schedule of vice-chancellor in accordance with Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001, as amended,” a copy of the letter addressed to Prof Kyamanywa reads.
Prof Kyamanywa works in the Department of Crop Science at the Faculty of Agriculture at Makerere University.
The appointment has been welcomed by most stakeholders in Bunyoro, who say this is the first concrete sign that the university will start soon.
The executive director of Bunyoro Choice Uganda, Mr Phenehance Kyotasobora, said the appointment of Prof Kyamanywa gives hope.
“I call upon all people in Bunyoro to embrace the required steps to have our university legitimate to have a fully-fledged budget for it,” he said.
“I also urge MPs to ensure that a Statutory Instrument is enhanced by Parliament to mandate the government to include it in its budgetary priorities of the coming financial years,” he added.
During presidential campaigns in Bunyoro in 2020, President Museveni told the people to offer him 400 acres of land for the university to be constructed.
This was after area political leaders and Bunyoro Kingdom officials asked the government to establish the university there, saying the lack of a higher education facility was hampering the sub-region’s development.
Since then, there has been a series of meetings between stakeholders and President Museveni on progress of the university.