Bunyoro kingdom drums up support for construction of the region’s university

The Omuhikirwa of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Andrew Byakutaaga (R with mask back row), SDA Bishop Western Uganda Field, Samuel Mwebaza (L-with mask back row) and SDA elders display the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom flag at the SDA Church headquarters in Kikwite Cell, Hoima City.

The Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga, has left his comfort zone to the field canvassing for support to have the first ever university in the region constructed.

While on his campaign trail electioneering last year, President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni told the Banyoro to offer him 300 acres of land to have the university constructed there.

Now, Mr Byakutaaga has so far reached out to a number of religious leaders calling for team work in elevating the education sector in the kingdom with emphasis on the construction of a university.

Among them is the Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara COU (Anglican) Diocese, the Rt Rev Samuel Kahuma and the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Western Uganda Field Bishop, Samuel Mwebaza discussing the university as a matter of importance in the region.

The Omuhikirwa urged his hosts to join the struggle of obtaining a chunk of land that President Museveni asked for such that the long advocated for university can be constructed.

“You well know that there is no any university in our kingdom. Now that there’s need for land for the university, we are in the struggle to see how we can get this land. This is because he [Mr Museveni] told us to give him that land. Now, we have to work together and have one voice. When I am talking about it somewhere, everyone should be talking about the same somewhere,” he said.

Audio: Byakutaaga on university (Runyoro/Rutooro)
The Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara Diocese (COU), the Rt Rev Samuel Kahuma, in his office at the diocesan headquarters in Duhaga, Hoima City. (Photo: Gad Asaba).

In his response, Bishop Kahuma said the university issue is an important matter for all that has by all means to be worked on for it to be constructed in the region.

“We have all welcomed the campaign to have a university in Bunyoro. This is a need in any way and I don’t think that there can be a person against it. Therefore, I urge all stakeholders and all Banyoro to team up by giving developmental ideas looking for the right avenue that will get us to our achievement of Bunyoro University,” the cleric said.

Audio: Kahuma on university (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Also Bishop Mwebaza pledged support for the institution saying having a university in any area also contributes to the improvement of the socio-economic and academic spheres.


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