Kyambogo seeks Shs700m to repair 'rotten' buildings

The library at Kyambogo UniversityWest End on Friday. The university is seeking Shs700m to renovate dilapidated structures. PHOTO | STEPHEN OTAGE

Kyambogo University is seeking Shs700m to renovate the dilapidated and condemned buildings that have been out of use since the ceilings started falling on students.

Pictures of the condemned buildings went viral on social media platforms last month, triggering public queries as to why government could not renovate the structures despite students paying tuition fees.

In an interview with Daily Monitor on Thursday, Vice Chancellor, Prof Elly Katunguka, said the dilapidated buildings include the Main Hall which students use for lecturers and at the West End  library.

Prof Katunguka said if the government provides the funding in the 2021/2022 financial year, the university will renovate the two buildings.

“The two buildings are due for renovation and have since been sealed off,” Prof Katunguka said.

He, however, said whenever Kyambogo University requests for money for infrastructural renovations, government gives them less citing budget constraints.

While attending the induction of Kyambogo University New Council on Thursday, State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo said government halted the establishment of new public universities to concentrate on the existing ones.

Mr Muyingo said government will equip public universities and ensure they have decent infrastructure.

“We have requested government to avail this money and when it comes, all the infrastructure developments that were not done by the money from African Development Bank project will be done,” he added.