Parliament has recommended investigations into the actions of Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director Mrs. Jennifer Musisi together with other public officials in the botched give away of the public land on which Nabagereka Primary School was located.
Nabagereka Primary School was located in Mengo – Kisenyi, with a population of 1,443 pupils and 23 teachers.
The school was demolished on Jan. 23, 2015 and the land allocated to Boost Investment Limited, to set up a shopping mall.
Following the demolition, Parliament set up a Select committee to investigate circumstances surrounding the giveaway of land belonging to public schools; and establish whether the required laws and procedures were followed.
The Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Robert Migadde (NRM, Buvuma), yesterday presented to Parliament the Report for debate, which Parliament passed.
The recommendation to investigate Musisi and others was part of a host of actions suggested by the Select Committee, which was set up in February 2015 to investigate the giveaway of public land especially Nabagereka Primary School.
The Committee also considered various other schools, and universities whose land has either been given away or is under threat by investors.
In addition was Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium.
The Report said the KCCA ED did not consult the Attorney General, the School Management Committee or the Ministry of Education and Sports before making an undertaking with Boost Investment Limited on the relocation of the school.
The Committee said in the Report that the KCCA ED entered into the undertaking with the company and requested that the deadline for the school’s relocation be pushed to 31st Dec of 2014.
“The Executive Director, KCCA Mrs. Jenifer Musisi exceeded her powers when she made undertakings to Boost Investments Ltd to relocate Nabagereka Primary School from plot 1049 to Kansanga – Nabutiti…the effect of the undertaking meant that Boost Investments Ltd could gain automatic entry onto the disputed land after the 31st December 2014 without a Court Order,” reads the Committee Report.
The Committee also observed that KCCA delayed in communicating to relevant government departments about the impending relocation until a few days to the deadline. Following the demolition, the Committee observed, KCCA failed to secure the assets of the school from looting and destruction.
The Committee also recommended that the investigative arms of government probe the actions/omissions of Hon. Joash Mayanja Nkangi, former Chairperson of Uganda Land Commission (ULC); Mr. K.S Mubbala, former Secretary ULC, Mr. Moses Atwine, Director Physical Planning KCCA; Buganda Land Board and Boost Investment Ltd.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, asked government to present a Memorandum on what actions it has undertaken in implementing the recommendations passed by Parliament.