Luweero Diocesean Institute Closed Over Vandalism

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The Vocational Institute of Luweero Anglican diocese has been closed and activities suspended indefinitely over vandalism of equipments.

The Vocational Institute of Luweero Anglican diocese has been closed and activities suspended indefinitely over vandalism of equipments.

Luweero Diocese with support from Anglicans in the United States of America constructed Aunt Bert Vocational Institute in Kasiiso village in Butuntumula Sub County in 2000 to offer skills to the poor and orphans in the diocese. The Diocese also opened up a farm where goat and cattle rearing was done besides offering related techniques to farmers in the community.

However, the institute was short-lived and all the equipments disappeared leading to its closure in 2010. Attempts to resume its operations in 2011 have also been suspended indefinitely.

When URN Reporter visited Aunt Bert Vocational Institute which is located on a five acre piece of land, he found the classrooms turned into a kraal and the compound a grazing ground.

The Luweero diocesan Secretary Canon James Mukiibi says the residents in the area vandalized all the equipments because the institute lacked a fence. Some of the stolen equipments included chairs, beds and beddings and materials in the carpentry workshop among others.

Canon Mukiibi blamed the community for not supporting the institute. He claimed that they connived with vandals at the expense of disadvantaged students and farmers.

He added that three months ago the diocese held a meeting over the matter and they resolved to suspend plans to re-opening the institute because the church had no money to inject in the institute and all the well wishers lost morale in the project.

The residents in Kasiiso village are however accusing the church leaders of mismanaging the funds meant for the institute and awarding the properties to themselves.

The Kasiiso-Genda LC1 Chairman Bosco Bukenya told URN Reporter that the estate manager of the institute, Canon Noah Ssekajugo, sold out the cattle and goats one by one until the farm was empty and the money couldn’t be traced. But Canon Ssekajugo insists the institute was closed because of vandalism and lack of funds.

Bukenya added that the diocese also failed to pay the teachers.

Bukenya added that though the institute was built for the community, no local resident was on the board that was running it which could have been an attempt to keep them in darkness not to ask for accountability.

The residents have asked the Luweero Diocesan Bishop Evans Kisekka to investigate the matter and resume operations of the institute to help the community.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.