The First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni has today (Thursday) launched the Task Force for the establishment of Busoga University at State House Nakasero.
The six-man team comprises Prof. John Robert Stephen Tabuti as Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof. Mary Muhenda who will serve as Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs and Assoc Prof. Lydia Emuron who will serve in the capacity of Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration.
The others on the committee are Assoc Prof. Allan Katwalo who will serve as Academic Registrar, Mr Maxwell Amulla, University Secretary and Mrs Esther Mtamakaya Biganja who will serve in the capacity of University Bursar
The team is charged with managing the university’s transition to a Public Institution. Among the task force’s terms of reference is the development of a master plan, with cost estimates, that will enable government determine the financial and other resources required to support the university.
The university, founded in 1999 and is affiliated to Busoga Diocese under the Church of Uganda, in 2017 had its licence revoked by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
The NCHE cited lack of qualified staff, teaching of uncredited courses and awarding fake degrees to more than 1,000 students.
But in February, the university was handed over to the Ministry of Education to expedite its reopening as a public institution following a directive by President Museveni in 2018