George Kanyeihamba, the retired Supreme Court justice has vowed to block the proposed government takeover of Kabale University. Kanyeihamba is the vice chancellor of Kabale University.
Kanyeihamba says that the people of Kigezi have worked hard to build their university and its enrolment has been growing each year.
He says the university can survive on its own, adding that the idea to make it a public university is not welcome.
Early in 2012, members of Banyakigezi association petitioned President Yoweri Museveni to have government take over Kabale University. They accused Prof. George Kanyeihamba, the Kabale University chancellor, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Dr. Rama Makuza, Chairperson Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. James Tumwine, University Council Chairperson and Dr. Peter Ngategize, the chairperson of the appointment and staff welfare committee and Henry Rwaganika, the Legal counsel of turning the university into a business of their own.
President Museveni endorsed the proposal saying the university would be taken over as a constituent college of Mbarara University Science of Technology. But Professor Kanyeihamba says the proposed take over of the university may expose it to problems, adding that even the existing public universities are not receiving sufficient funding from government. He says the universities are characterized by endless strikes, which is not common in private universities.
Kanyeihamba made these observations while presiding over the 7th graduation ceremony of Kabale University over the weekend. Kabale University was started in 2001 by members of Banyakigezi community with the aim of providing quality education to needy students from Kigezi region. But a few years after the university started operating it was embroiled in ownership wrangles over and alleged failure to pay Kabale district local government for the 52 acres of land allocated to the university.