Kampala Schools Land Titles Missing

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Angeline Osege, the Soroti District woman MP asked parliament not to consider the KCCA budget for the 2014/2015 financial year, until the authority explains why it is allocating school land to investors.

The ownership of various city schools lies in balance due to the absence of land titles.  Judith Tumusiime, the acting executive director Kampala capital City Authority-KCCA disclosed this while appearing before the parliament committee on sports and education. It came after several legislators complained that chunks of land hosting city schools had fallen into hands of investors. Angeline Osege, the Soroti District woman MP asked parliament no to consider the KCCA budget for the 2014/2015 financial year, until the authority explains why it is allocating school land to investors.

Osege said many children in the city have been left with nowhere to turn since many of the schools have been sold. She asked where KCCA derives the powers to parcel out school land yet they are mandated to safeguard. In her response, Tumusiime said they had not given away any school land. She explained that when they carried out an audit, they established that most of the school administrators had no idea where the titles for the land hosting their school are. She said KCCA was in custody of one title belonging to Kamwokya primary schools.

Tumusiime explained that it has since emerged that, majority of the city schools are located on Land held in trust by Uganda Land Commission, Buganda Kingdom, and Religious Bodies. She as a result, KCCA has applied to the different bodies for lease of respective schools. Tumusiime said KCCA has applied to Buganda Land Board for leases of Katwe, Kitebi , Kasubi family, Namugoona Kigooba, Busega, Kansanga and Mirembe primary schools. She also said, they had applied for the leases of Nakivubo, Nakivubo settlement, Summit View , Nakasero, Buganda Road, Naguru and Kitante primary schools from Uganda Land Commission.

She saidthe provision of better education in Kampala is hampered by recurrent issues they inherited when the new order came into place. Tumusiime cited issues with the teachers payroll adding that, they were in consultations with the stakeholders to review norm and establish new staff ceilings. She said such a move would create basis for budgeting of staff resources. Gonzaga Ssewungu, the Kalungu West faulted the authority for erecting sign posts at all religious founded schools under their custody claiming it was a ploy to steal them from their founding bodies.

Tumusiime said while there was an oversight in consulting the founding bodies but said it has since been harmonized.

 

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