The parliament has approved the motion tabled by State minister for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, for taking over Mountains of the Moon University following the private administration applying for takeover four years ago.
In 2017, the administration wrote to government to turn the university into a public institution citing hurdles such as high costs of running the university.
On Tuesday Mr John Chrysestom Muyingo moved the motion, which has been approved by the parliament and allowed the government to takeover Mountains of the Moon University (MMU)
This is the second private university to be taken over by government after Kabale University in 2019 as Busoga University is on the waiting list.
Minister Muyigo told Parliament that the move would address the issue of regional balance and equity as there is no public university in Rwenzori Sub-region. Currently there are nine public universities spread across the country.
Last month, President Museveni approved the operationalisation of the Earth and Applied Sciences Public University in Bunyoro Sub- region.
Prof Edward Rugumayo, the chancellor of Mountains of the Moon University, while welcoming the development said the institution is better placed to meet the public needs as far as education is concerned.
The university is located approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), northwest of the central business district of the town of Fort portal, Kabarole in western Uganda approximately 320 kilometres by road, west of Kampala.
This location lies in the Kibundaire neighborhood, to the north and west of the Fort Portal- Bubende Road.