The urge to have the establishment of a public university in Bunyoro has taken more strides with different stakeholders pushing the matter to greater heights in the region.
Bunyoro is the only region without a university in Uganda, an issue that has raised the eye brows of various people hailing from the area forcing them to take the mantle of ensuring that the institution of learning is set up there.
This is evidenced in the selection of a committee to spearhead the operationalisation of the much desired and advocated for educational establishment following an engagement between officials from the kingdom and newly elected political leaders including legislators, district chairpersons and mayors from Bunyoro region.
During the engagement, kingdom and political leaders agreed that the issue for the establishment of a public university in the region should be prioritised and pushed forward in solidarity if it is to be successful.
While deliberating, it was resolved that each district should be represented on the committee by one political leader who will later convene a meeting that will elect a chairperson for the achievement of the goal.
This was discussed at a get together party that Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom organised to wish many happy returns to the newly elected political leaders having made it through to victory. It was at the party that the leaders were presented the Bunyoro Strategic Plan embedding the Bunyoro Agenda.
According to the discussions at Hoima Resort Hotel over the weekend, key on the agenda is to decide on the geographical location of the university consulting other committees that have been advancing the issue and advising government on the land issue among others.
The Kingdom Prime Minister, Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga, told the partiers that education remains a chief matter disclosing that the kingdom plans to revive its bursary scheme to support university education. He also said consultations were on the go to solve the land issue in the region.
The chairperson Bunyoro Royal Commission cum Senior Presidential Advisor on Oil and Gas, Dr Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, urged all stakeholders including politicians and the business community to work together to develop the region.
Closing the event, Finance, Planning and Economic Development Minister, Matia Kasaija, challenged the kingdom officials to initiate an economic arm of the kingdom from where more income will be generated to support its projects.
During his campaign tour canvassing for votes last year, President Museveni tasked Bunyoro leaders to provide him with 300 acres of land where the public university will be set up.