Mak Faces Law Suit Over Fort Portal Campus Closure

Over 250 students of Makerere University’s Fort Portal campus have threatened to drag the Institution to court seeking to reserve their impromptu closure of their campus.

Makerere University Council resolved to close the western campus in Fort Portal over low student enrollment and competition from the existing institutions.

According to a letter dated May 25th 2016, pharm signed by Charles Barugahare, cheapest the University Secretary; the campus will not open for the 2016-2017 academic year. He stated that the council’s decision was based on the poor enrollment since the inception of the campus in 2010.

The Fort Portal campus situated at the Tooro Kingdom headquarters in Mucwa was established to serve students from Kabarole and neighboring districts of, sildenafil Kibaale, Ibanda, Hoima, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Kasese, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge and Ntoroko.

Other grounds for closure include failure by the community in Fort Portal to embrace the campus due to the existence of the two private universities; Mountains of the Moon and Uganda Pentecostal University and failure to identify suitable and convenient premises for the campus.

Ritah Namisango, the Makerere University Public Relations Officer confirmed the council’s decision and said students who have been studying at the campus will not be affected by the closure.

Namisango revealed that the students will remain students of Makerere University on the same academic programmes since they have admission letters from Makerere but will either be relocated to the main campus in Kampala or to Jinja campus.

This however, is being challenged by the continuing students who last week decided to drag the university to court foe what they call breach of contract.

The aggrieved students who spoke with us on condition of anonymity, revealed that consultations with their lawyers have been finalized to go to court seeking for an injunction blocking the institution’s decision.

They say they made contracts to study and complete the three years from Fort Portal and not Kampala or Jinja noting that Makerere administrators took the decision without consulting them.

The students, majority employees in Rwenzori region say other universities in Fort Portal have refused to admit them as continuing students and asked them to apply as freshers, which they say is costly.

There are reports that some tycoons and leaders of Bushenyi have lobbied the Western branch to be shifted to Bushenyi to benefit their area.

The closure of the university comes just a month after Kabarole youths and some councilors protested and vowed to block the establishment of Kampala International University medicine branch in Fort Portal that seeks renting the abandoned youth information center in Nyabukara West division, Fort Portal municipality.



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