Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director, Jenifer Musisi, has confessed her involvement in the demolition of Nabagereka Primary School and the giveaway of its land.
Musisi who was appearing before the Education Committee of Parliament said her directive to demolish the school was based on an agreement signed by the developer on May 6, 2014, through his lawyers Ajungule and Company Advocates.
The developer gave a three-month eviction notice to KCCA to relocate the school but KCCA asked that the decision be prolonged to the end of the year.
Musisi is accused of ignoring an order from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Sports, Rose Nasali Lukwago, stopping the eviction.
Some members of the committee, including Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East MP note that Kampala schools will in the next 10 years face extinction due to vested interests from individuals including government and the private sector.
Olivia Kwagala, Iganga District Woman MP says by failing to consult the Education ministry the Lands Ministry acted illegally.
The Minister of Education, Jessica Alupo says she is not aware of the developments, but vows to halt the plans to redevelop the land.
The committee directed Alupo to also place caveats on all contested school land to avoid any further land grabbing.
Sudhir testifies in Kololo land illegal leasing
Meanwhile today, the select committee also met tycoon, Dr Sudir Rupareila, regarding Kololo Secondary school playground and Nakasero Primary school land.
He was testifying in the leasing of Kololo SS land measuring to about 6 acres to Kampala Parents School which he owns.
“I wrote to the Min of Education, KCCA, and made an application for a lease, but we have never stopped anyone from using it,” Sudhir told MPs.
“I am not the author of the lease title but we have no problem with signing an MOU with Kololo SS regarding land usage.”
He said they wanted to maintain the land as a playground without changing it to a shopping mall or apartments.
Hon Theodore Ssekikubo accused Sudhir of conniving with the Sports ministry by-passing the technical team after the Education ministry rejected his lease proposal.
Sudir said the ownership of the land remains for government but what he has now is a lease and that his school (Kampala Parents) had been using the same field for 17 years.
“We needed to protect the interests of KPS. We needed someone to help KPS other than hostile officers, that is why I went to Hon Charles Bakkabulindi,” Sudhir said, adding that he intends to maintain the land use as a playground throughout the lease period.
The eviction of Old Kampala teachers
Relatedly, URN quotes by the Board of Governors of Old Kampala SS is protesting a move by the Lands and Housing Ministry to evict some teachers from part of the school land.
On March 17th, Agnes Kalibbala Kadama, the Director Lands and Housing, wrote to the school management directing teachers to vacate part of the school land on Kibuga Block 2 road in Old Kampala to pave way for redevelopment.
In response, Dr. Robert Joseph Jjumba, the chairman Board of Governors Old Kampala SS, wrote to the Ministry of Education on April 16, 2015 questioning the motive of the Lands Ministry to take over the land.
He said teachers have been residing thereon since 1979 or the school teacher’s quarters are situated on the same land and therefore this intended acquisition is likely to affect the quiet enjoyment of the tenancy without interruption from the registered proprietor.