Court Halts Closure of Makerere Fort Portal Campus

Makerere University Fort Portal Campus is closing business

The Fort Portal High Court judge Justice David Batema has issued an injunction halting all activities associated with closing and relocating Makerere University’s Fort Portal branch.

Aggrieved students led by Moses Mugisa, cost a second year business student dragged the institution to court for breach of contract.

On Monday this week, erectile Makerere University officially closed this campus that was set up in 2010; on grounds that the community in Fort Portal had not embraced the institution given the low enrollment of students of about 200.

The petitioners asked court to order Makerere to maintain the campus until the ongoing students finish their respective courses. They say the decision to move the campus was intentional, following talk that the branch would be taken to Bushenyi district.

Yesterday however, while appearing before the High Court Justice David Batema, Prof Baker Nyakana the director Makerere University Jinja campus told court that 52 out of the 65 continuing students have accepted to relocate to Jinja campus.

Nyakana told court Makerere that there are plans to start a block week modular system where lectures will be sent on an agreed time frame to lecture a few students who are particularly unable to relocate to Jinja or Kampala campus.

But the judge faulted Makerere University for taking what he termed as a snap decision to close the campus and issued an injunction blocking their earlier decision. He also gave two days 25th-28th the two parties to settle their matter out of court and failure court will takeover.

In a July 15 circular, Makerere deputy Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, said that the 200 students and staff from the Fort Portal campus are to be relocated to Makerere and Jinja campuses with effect from the 2016/ 2017 academic year.

The Fort Portal campus was meant to serve students from the districts of Hoima, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Kasese, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge and Ibanda. In May, Charles Barugahare, the university secretary, said that the decision to close the campus was based on low enrolment ever since it was established in 2010.

Other grounds for closure included failure by the community in Fort Portal to wholly embrace the campus due to the existence of private universities; Mountains of the Moon and Uganda Pentecostal University.


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