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KIRYANDONGO: Hon. Jacob Karubanga the Member of Parliament for Kibanda South in Kiryandongo district has clarified that Bunyoro University was included in the FY budget 2022/2023 not 2023/2024.
Karubanga who doubles as the Chairperson Bunyoro Parliamentary Caucus and the Chairperson Bunyoro University Steering Committee told ugreports that there were errors in the finance minister’s budget speech which indicated Bunyoro University would be considered in the FY 2023/2024 budget.
On Tuesday, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija read the national budget and said Bunyoro University would be considered in the FY 2023/2024 budget.
However, Karubanga says two billion shillings has been put aside to facilitate the Bunyoro University steering committee beginning 1st of July this year.
The legislator explains that Bunyoro University couldn’t be allocated an independent budget since it’s not yet in existence but clarified that the University money was put under ministry of education transfers to other government units.
‘’Bunyoro University couldn’t be allocated an independent budget since it’s not yet in existence, University money was put under ministry of education transfers to other government units,’’ said Karubanga.
The politician also explained that the steering committee is traversing the whole of Bunyoro to identify land to establish the university.
Hon. Barnabas Tinkasimire, the Member of Parliament for the Buyaga West constituency in Kagadi District, also confirmed the establishment of Bunyoro University.
‘’Bunyoro University was included in the FY 2022/23 budget,’’ he said.
The minister state for Bunyoro Affairs Hon. Jenifer Namuyangu Kacha recently revealed that the Bunyoro Public University will commence in the next financial year.
The minister was speaking after monitoring government projects in Hoima district. She said that the government has already secured the money to commence the university.
”The commencement of Bunyoro Public University is in the next financial year, and the government has already secured the money for the university.”
Harriet Businge the Woman Member of Parliament for Hoima district asserted that since the University is targeting all people, residents should get prepared to benefit from the development.
She also noted that though some people may not be able to directly benefit from the university, they can offer other services such as accommodation, transport and also others.
Last year, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja the Prime Minister of Uganda told parliament that two Universities, Bunyoro University and Busoga University will be operating in the financial year 2022/2023.
The government has embarked on establishing public Universities across the country to accommodate the growing number of students in the country.
President Museveni accepted calls for the establishment of a University in Bunyoro in August, after another plea by the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.
This was just one of the many demands for public universities in the regions, as many leaders see it as an opportunity for the specific regions to develop.
Last year, Nabbanja said that the government is fast-tracking the process of establishing public universities across the country, and that a taskforce has been formed to foresee this. She said for the Bunyoro region, a stakeholder’s engagement has been done, and a taskforce has been set up to oversee the process.
If the two Universities are set up, it will bring the number of public Universities to eleven. The move would also mean that President Museveni’s vision to have each of the original 18 districts of Uganda get a University is taking shape.
So far, the public Universities include; Mbarara University, Kabale University, Mountains of the Moon University, Gulu University, Lira University, Muni University, Soroti University, Busitema University. Others are Makerere University and Kyambogo University.
Additional reporting by Ronald Matuga and Innocent Atuganyira
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