Kanungu District, School Clash Over Museveni Cash

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Innocent Sunday, the chairperson Nyamigoye Primary school management committee says parents want the money deposited on the school account to allow them plan how it will be spent.

A bitter row has erupted between Kanungu district leadership and the management of Nyamigoye Primary school over 70 million shillings donated by President Yoweri Museveni. The money was donated to Nyamigoye Primary school by Museveni to finance the construction of a four classroom block. Museveni made the pledge on November 22, 2012 when he addressed a rally at the school shortly after commissioning Ishasha hydro power dam.

Chrysostom Kayyise, the Kanungu chief administrative Officer says they have received 70.8 million shillings from state house in fulfillment of the presidential pledge. He explains that they have started a process of identifying a competent contract to build the four classroom block at the school. Kayyise says they have banked the money on the district’s general account as the procurement process in ongoing. However, the school management and parents will not have any of this.

They accuse the district leadership of ploting to hijack the project and want the money released immediately to allow the school management committee to handle the procurement process since it was their personal request to the president. The parents have formed a 17 member team to block the district from hijacking their project. Innocent Sunday, the chairperson Nyamigoye Primary school management committee says parents want the money deposited on the school account to allow them plan how it will be spent.

He says they will not hesitate to block the construction works should the district insist on implementing the project without compromising with them. However, Josephine Kasya, the Kanungu LC V chairperson says the protests by parents are uncalled for. She insists that the chief administrative officer is the accounting officer of the district adding that, there is no way parents, will compel the district to disperse money to the school account. Kasya says the demands by the parents are unrealistic and will not be adhered to.