Board wrangle throws PWDs school in crisis

Mbarara. A row over the management of a school for people with disabilities (PWDs) in Mbarara District has left the institution financially crippled.
Tukore Primary School in Nyakayojo Division, Mbarara Municipality, has been at the centre of a conflict between two boards of governors, with one refusing to give way to the other.
Daily Monitor has seen a January document indicating that the old six-man board led by Mr Dan Kariisa was voted out of office over allegations of abuse of office.

Whereas the new board led by Ms Harriet Beinomugisha was put in place, the old board refused to hand over office.
Ms Beinomugisha said last Tuesday the former board chairperson and the treasurer refused to withdraw their mandate as signatories to the school’s bank accounts.
As a result, the school director, Mr Matayo Mbogo, said the institution has accumulated a debt of more than Shs10 million despite having money on their account.
“Service delivery has been a challenge this term. Service providers are threatening to sue us yet we have more than Shs15 million on our accounts,” said Mr Mbogo.

However, Mr Kariisa said the new board has no mandate.
“The meeting in which they claim we were voted out of office was dominated by non-members. They mobilised old boys and girls to kick us out but we cannot allow the school to go to self-seekers. We are going to seek intervention of higher authorities,” he said.
Mr Habal Mugisha Africano, the district community development officer, said the old board should not cling to power after members lost confidence in them.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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