The original owners of the land on which Aboke High schools is built are asking for a compensation of 2 billion shillings from government or else they evict the school. The disputed land is located at Dele trading Centre in Aboke Sub County in Kole district. In 2009, the family of the late John Ejura, the founder of Aboke High school led by David Ogwal successfully sued government for taking over their land.
As a result, the school management entered into negotiations with Aboke Girls High school to strike a compromise. But David Ogwal says that since their started the negotiations government has been reluctant to compensate his family. He explains that Aboke High school was established as a private school but the Obote government took it over and promised to compensate his family in vain.
He says that they have secured court order to evict the school within a period of one month effective May 17, 2012. A court order seen by URN, directs Lamech Olobo, a court bailiff to remove/ evict the attorney General the defendant or her agents, servants or any other person bound by the decree who may refuse to vacate the same land. Olobo told URN this morning, that he is in Kampala to serve the attorney about the pending eviction.
Suleiman Ogazo Barazo, the Resident District Commissioner Kole says that they have been pleading with the family to wait for government to compensate them instead of evicting the school. Barazo says that he is shocked by the eviction notice saying that he has written several letters to the education ministry to take action but he has not received any response. Last month, 15 residents were arrested and prosecuted in connection to a disputed over the same land.