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Gulu University Constituent College Task Force Pleads for Funding

The college was promised by President Museveni during the 2016 campaigns. Shortly after the elections, a task-force led by Dr Sidonia Angom Ochieng was set up to start the process of establishing the university college.
Kaps Hazzan Gungaroo

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The Constituent College of Agriculture taskforce in Moroto has asked Members of Parliament to help lobby for funding for the university.

The college under Gulu University was promised by President Museveni during the 2016 campaigns. Shortly after the elections, a task-force led by Dr Sidonia Angom Ochieng was set up to start the process of establishing the university college.

It is aimed at enabling students from Karamoja to access to higher education at a lower cost.

The Taskforce started lobbying with local governments in the Karamoja region for support.

Moroto district council donated 200 acres of land for the college. The task-force continued lobbying for more land and it secured 795 acres from the community. 

However, the land was given out by residents with hopes of getting compensation from the university. But it later turned out that the university has no money to compensate landowners.

Currently, the community demands 6.5 Billion shillings to be able to surrender their land to the college.

Dr Ochieng pleaded with MPs to raise the matter in the floor of Parliament for considerations in order to allow construction of the university college to kick start. 

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Kaps Hassan Fungaroo, however, said there are conflicting reports about compensation for the university and his committee would follow up the issue to find out the truth. But he advised the people of Karamoja to donate the land free because the university will particularly address education challenges of the region.

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But Adome Moses Bildard, a member of the committee says that the people must be adequately compensated to enable them acquire land elsewhere.