The government of Uganda has finally taken over Busoga University after reaching an agreement with Busoga diocese to hand over the institution and its assets to become a public university.
The announcement made by the President today morning saying government will now take over the University’s Shs 15bn loan, all university land without any encumbrances, and the court case withdrawn without any costs to both parties.
“After a series of meetings, the government has agreed to take over Busoga University as a public institution with its Shs15b loan. We shall pay the loan when we know what the money was used for and If this money was spent on public efforts,” the president tweeted.
The President on Saturday met with the committee on Government take over of former Busoga University that included former Speaker of Parliament and Minister for East African Affairs Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Bishop His Grace Bishop Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, and Protestant Bishops.
The meeting was also attended by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni.
Busoga University was founded by Busoga Diocese in 1998 with its headquarters in Iganga District.
However, in 2017, the National Council for Higher Education revoked its license following allegations of having unqualified students and lecturers and running illegal study centres and unaccredited courses.
The University was operating under the control of Busoga Diocese at the time of closure.