Kabale University Wrangles Spiral Out of Control


nurse sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Prof. Joy Kwesiga, the University Vice Chancellor, while addressing the assembly of promoters, accused Kabale district local government of trying to snatch the land on which the university sits.

“We are still poor and you want us to give you when you should be the ones to give us,” Prof. Kwesiga said.

According to him, the district wants the university to be a district project while the university governing council is concretising the Kigezi regional idea of the university belonging to Kigezi region.

The Chairman Kabale district, Besigye Patrick Keihwa, noted that the district gave the university free land and buildings but ever since, the district has never received returns from the university.

According to Keihwa, the university currently accommodates various students both from countrywide and international students where the district should be earning something.

The former Chairman of the University Council, Prof. James Tumwine, also noted that the university is aware of some sections of the people within the district who are currently spreading rumours claiming it won’t survive for a long time due to its poor management.

“Anybody opposed to the university project should expect tsunami,” he warned.

Tumwine said that those that are opposed to Kabale University’s progress are anti-agents of development.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the University Chairman Board of Trustees, noted that the university was provoked by the Kabale district local government by giving them the 98 acres of land which was later grabbed back and given to the ministry of Gender for the construction of a children remand home and the Kabale High Court.

“They have refused to stop but we are going to pursue them both politically and through all legal means,” he charged.

Isaiah Kanyamahane, a member of the university assembly of promoters wondered how “one monster” could destabilise and threaten the stability of the university.

Kabale University is housed in the former Ndorwa county buildings that were donated by the Kabale district local government.

Genesis of the conflict

In 2009, Kabale University signed a memorandum of understanding with Kabale district where Shs 1.6bn to help them build a council hall.

In 2010 when the university administrators failed to fulfil their commitment, the district council passed a resolution stating, that they were no longer selling the land to Kabale University as they had breached the contract.

In 2012, the judiciary requested Kabale district administration for 2.5 acres of land near Ndorwa government prison to construct their chambers and shift from Makanga.

The university administration led by the Chancellor, Prof. J.W. Kanyeihamba, and several promoters and founders petitioned the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Raphael Baku, who at first ordered Kabale district to stop any dealings that it was doing on the 101 acres of land.

The Minister of Local Government, Adolf Mwesige, in his letter dated September 16, 2011, said Kabale University had no right to block the allocation of land to the High Court of Uganda.

“Kabale University is not the registered proprietor of the said land as per the certificate of title issued by the registrar of titles on February 25, 2010 under instrument number 4250636,” wrote Mwesige.

However, the IGG directed that any dealings on the 101 acres of land at Kikungiri hill in Kabale municipality stop immediately to allow the justice, law and order sector to construct High Court premises.


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