By Steven Ainganiza
Bishop Jimmy Katuramu of United Pentecostal Churches International of Uganda (UPCIU) the owner of the buildings housing Uganda Pentecostal University (UPU) Kahungabunyonyi campus has been evicted by the police.
On Wednesday morning, there was heavy deployment at UPU Kahungabunyo campus following disagreements between Bishop Jimmy Katuramu and the university Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ntambirweki.
Police led by Kabarole District Police Commander, Musa Tibakirana raided the university ordering Bishop Katuramu and his lecturers to vacate the premises leaving hundreds of students who had turned up for lectures stranded.
DPC Tibakirana said police are acting on the orders of the High Court following an injunction that bars them from using the university premises till court decides otherwise.
Bishop Katuramu who is the university patron said the injunction was illegal and forged.
He said there was no need for Prof. Ntambirweki to reoccupy his buildings yet he had shifted all his property to Mucwa Kingdom building where he is currently renting.
Bishop Katuramu told the students that the issues will soon be solved in court.
The conflict started when the Proprietors of the university disagreed over poor administration and alleged financial misappropriation by the vice chancellor.
The aggrieved camp comprising Mr. Balikuddembe Kireju and Henry Tumwine dragged Prof. Ntambirweki to the Fort Portal High Court in 2015 challenging his alleged poor administration and financial mismanagement and won the case.
Prof. Nathan Batungi was then appointed Vice chancellor and Bishop Reuben Kisembo as Chancellor with the aim of bringing sanity to the university.
But in February this year (2017), Prof. Ntambirweki returned with a court order allowing him to operate as vice chancellor for the next two years.
He chased away Tumwine, Kireju, Bishop Kisembo, Prof. Batungi and some lecturers that were opposed to his establishment.
The university is now divided into two camps; those loyal to Kireju and Tumwine and those of Prof. Ntambirweki and his family.
It is alleged that the university was started by about 15 stakeholders who include Kireju, Tumwine and Prof. Ntambirweki and his family.
Those on Prof. Ntambirweki’s side have been conducting lectures from Mucwa kingdom building while Balikuddembe Kireju and his camp are lecturing from Kahungabunyonyi main campus.
Most students who had been shifted from Kahungabunyonyi to Mucwa returned after noticing resumption of studies but only to be barred from entering the lecture rooms.
Observers say the university should be closed and students sent home as court decides on the matter.
The students reported for their first semester on 19th August, 2017 but due to the chaos they have not had lectures.