Functional Educational Centre, vocational school providing life skills to children of fallen soldiers, has been evicted from Mbarara stock farm land. The centre, an extension of Ngabo Academy of Science and Technology, was established in 1994 by Rujumbura MP Major General Jim Muhwezi together with Capt. David Bashaija. General Salim Saleh, President Museveniâ€™s brother is the Patron.
The centre, an extension of Ngabo Academy of Science and Technology, was established in 1994 by Rujumbura MP Major General Jim Muhwezi together with Capt. David Bashaija. General Salim Saleh, President Museveni’s brother is the Patron.
Dr. David Balikowa, the director of Mbarara Zonal Agricultural research and development institute, says the land on which the education centre is established belongs to the stock farm and that Ngabo academy acquired it fraudulently. Balikowa says several written warnings were made but the school director instead went ahead to develop the land and had cut down stock farm fence in the process of encroaching on more land.
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In 2010, the secretary Uganda Land Commission, K.S.B Mubbala, directed Mbarara the stock farm to repossess the land since the lease offer that was given to the school had expired.
A poultry farm, cattle grazing shades and fruit demonstration gardens are among the innovations for functional education developed on the 31.8-hectare piece of land to help students acquire practical life skills.
During the eviction exercise on Wednesday morning, the cattle grazing shades were demolished and set a blaze by the stock farm workers. This forced Captain Bashaija, the Ngabo Academy director, to rough them up. In the process the stock farm vehicle registration number UAR 279Y was smashed and the director Dr. Balikowa injured.
Justus Mbaramye, the Officer in Charge land protection unit and Deputy, said the eviction was unlawful and asked all the parties to seek court redress.
But Captain Bashaija insists the school bought the said land from the late John Kasumali, a former driver to King Kahaya of Ankole, at 22 million shillings. He says up to 4 billion shillings has been spent to establish the functional educational centre.
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