Bukoba THE opening of the Josiah Kibira University (JoKUCo) which was expected to take place in October, last year, will now be officially opened next month, it has been disclosed. JoKUCo Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Dr Abednego Keshomshahara told that among the reasons which contributed to the postponement of the opening was late inspection by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). "We have received certificate of inspection from TCU after a delegation of senior officials from TCU visited Bukoba in April, last year and compiled a report which was endorsed by TCU in July, this year. He elaborated that JoKUCO would start as Kagera Centre of the Tumaini Makumira University, until when registration processes will be completed. Dr Keshomshahara said the Kagera Centre will start offering three degree programmes, namely B.A. with Education (BA Educ), BA Educ. and Diploma in Information Technology. He said that JokUCo was in final preparations, adding that all necessary logistics had been put in place, including acquisition of infrastructure, lecturers and 170 computers, he said. He said arrangements to transfer a Teachers' College situated at Nyakato in Bukoba Municipality to Ruhija in Bukoba Rural district had also been finalized. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania of the North-West Diocese (ELCT-NWD) has converted Nyakato Teachers' College into a wing of Tumaini University. The university will be named Josiah Kibira University College (JoKUCo) in honour of the first black African Bishop of the North- Western diocese of the ELCTNWD, who served the diocese from 1964 to 1987. Bishop Josiah Kibira was the first African and Tanzanian to be elected President of the World Federation of Churches (WFC) from 1972 to 1982. Josiah Kibira was also a teacher and first deputy headmaster of the diocese's first secondary school, Nyakato, under a Swedish missionary earlier in the 1950s.