Parliament. The Kampala city authorities on Thursday came under pressure to explain allegations that they have connived with land grabbers and aided land deals involving the disputed allocation and demolition of public schools in Kampala.
Legislators on the select committee investigating the giveaway of land belonging to public schools, universities and other tertiary institutions in Kampala, ordered Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)officials to pull down the fence erected on a piece of land that formerly housed the demolished Nabagereka Primary School.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo and two other MPs petitioned Parliament over the rampant evictions of schools and grabbing of public schools’ land in the city.
The MPs appeared before the committee on Tuesday and tabled evidence implicating city authorities and officials from Uganda Land Commission. Mr Baguma Isoke, the chairperson of Uganda Land Commission, is expected to appear before committee next week.
The committee chaired by Buvuma Islands MP Robert Migadde heard that Boost Investments Ltd illegally erected the fence apparently without KCCA’s clearance.
Ms Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA’s executive director, assured MPs that before Easter, she would have demolished the “illegal” fence. The proprietors of Boost Investments Ltd were not readily available for comment by press time.
Ms Musisi, who appeared before the committee investigating the rampant cases of allocating public schools land to investors in the city, struggled to explain why in spite of being the bonafide occupants of the pieces of land housing the city schools, KCCA have either done little or nothing to protect the schools.
Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) tabled evidence implicating KCCA officials in the giveaway of Nakasero Primary School to Prestigious Investments Ltd.
“The Minister of Education has since instructed the Attorney General to file a suit against Buganda Land Board and Boost Investments Ltd to address the situation. KCCA will render all possible support to ensure that justice is realised,” Ms Musisi said. She requested the committee to stop Uganda Land Commission from giving away land belonging to schools and prevail upon them to release land title for the schools.
The MPs blamed KCCA officials for not slapping caveats on the disputed pieces of land. The committee heard that at least 75 schools in the city are currently under threat of eviction or having their land grabbed. The committee meets ministry of Education officials today.
KCC ghosts haunt KCCA
Ms Jeniffer Musisi explained that the officer named in this land deal was an employee of the defunct Kampala City Council (KCC) and not under KCCA.
However, Mr Niwagaba again faulted KCCA officials over failure to stop Boost Investments from demolishing Nabagereka Primary School.
On the demolition of Nabagereka Primary School last year, Ms Musisi explained that upon receiving eviction notices from Boost Investments, KCCA immediately alerted the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Education, expressing concern at the giveaway of the school land, seeking that the ministry should intervene to stop the said giveaway.
While awaiting the intervention of the ministry and guidance from the Solicitor General, KCCA engaged the developer and requested for extension of the eviction deadline to December 31, 2014 to delay the impending eviction and to ensure there was no interference with the school term.
Ms Musisi said the school was demolished last year after Solicitor General had on December 22 aised against leasing the school land.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor