West Ankole Diocese has installed new members of board of trustees and a governing council of Ankole Western University in a bid to resolve conflicts that have stagnated the growth of the institution since it was established in 2003.
Also known as Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST), the project has been plagued by conflicts over its location and allegations of mismanagement. But on Monday, West Ankole Diocese Bishop Yona Katoneene, while commissioning the new board at St Peter’s Cathedral Bweranyangi, urged them to transform the AWIST project into a university.
Bishop Katoneene said: “Everyone is invited to rally behind me and the entire diocese to build our university. It should not be seen as a one-group project for people to start pulling strings. Let’s work together for great and good achievements in place.”
Bishop Katoneene chairs the seven-member board while Prof Elly Katunguuka Rwakishaya, who is also the Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, chairs the council which has 17 members.
The inauguration comes after the new university charter recommended that the previous board and council be dissolved and new ones be constituted.
However, notable absentees at the inauguration were Prof Ephraim Kamuntu (board member) and Dr Elioda Tumwesigye (council member). While they sent apologies, saying they were preoccupied with other engagements, the two officials were commissioning a maternity ward and staff houses at a health centre II in Kitagata Sub-county, in the nearby Sheema District.
New council chairperson, Prof Katunguuka, warned politicians not to use the university to promote their interests.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor