Alupo: Bakkabulindi gave away Kololo land


Ministers Charles Bakkabulindi and Jessica Alupo


The Minister of Education, Jessica Alupo has accused her junior, Charles Bakkabulindi of irregularly leasing out land belonging to Kololo Secondary School to a private investor.

Alupo told a select committee investigating the irregular sale of public school land that Bakkabulindi acted irregularly when he wrote to the Uganda Land Commission to lease out the land to Premier Academy, owned by city businessman, Sudhir Ruparelia.

Bakkabulindi gave no-objection to a request for a lease of part of Kololo Secondary School playground on Plots 8-10, Saddler Way, Naguru in a letter dated 2nd September, 2013.

This was in contrast to the advice given on August 18, 2013 by the then Under Secretary, Doreen Katusiime against leasing out the government land.

Alupo says the minister acted out of his mandate to issue the letter.

She further says Bakkabulindi usurped the powers of the technocrats and did not consult her on the matter.

The Acting Commissioner for Education, Tony Mukasa also revealed to the committee that Uganda Land Commission (ULC) granted the lease erroneously and under unclear circumstances despite the advice by the Ministry not to do so.

The enraged legislators wondered why Alupo had not penalized Bakkabulindi for his mess.

Theodore Ssekikubo, Rwemiyaga County MP, says the ministry should act tough on Bakkabulindi and hold him accountable for placing the interests of investors before those of the education sector.

Matthias Mpuuga, Masaka Municipality MP, however says the minister should be reprimanded for his role in the sale of the land, as well as allegations on his involvement in the leasing of Nakivubo Stadium land.

Mpuuga says if not, Alupo should be held liable instead.

Alupo, however, said no punitive action has been taken on Bakkabulindi.

She pleaded with the committee to invite him to defend himself, from which the Ministry will respond appropriately.


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