The plots were discovered during the field verification of the school land by the Office of the Auditor General. In his 2018/19 financial year audit report, the Auditor General, John FS Muwanga explains that further subdivision of Bukalasa Agricultural College land without its knowledge may hamper the college administration when it comes to practical lessons and demonstrations that require adequate land.
A signpost for horticulture department of Bukalasa Agriculture College . There are fears that sub divisions may hamper the college practical lessons and demonstrations that require adequate land for its students.
Auditor General has unearthed eight plots that were allegedly curved out of the
land belonging Bukalasa Agricultural College raising fears of
encroachment. Bukalasa Agricultural College owns 299.9 acres on land that
occupies Block 146, Plot 68 Bulemezi and another land measuring 98 acres on
Block 146, Plot 367.
land formerly belonged to Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute, which acted
as an experiment Centre. It was abandoned in the late 1970s before government
allocated it to Bukalasa Agricultural College. However, the Auditor General notes
that since then plots 359,360,361,362,363,364, 368 and 366 have been created
without any formal authorisation and in complete disregard of the existing land
plots were discovered during the field verification of the school land by the Office
of the Auditor General. In
his 2018/19 financial year audit report, the Auditor General, John FS Muwanga
explains that further subdivision of Bukalasa Agricultural College land without
its knowledge may hamper the college administration when it comes to practical
lessons and demonstrations that require adequate land.
also noted that the College land title measuring 98 acres is also untraceable. He
advises the Accounting officer together with the College Principal to follow up
the matter with the District Land Board and Uganda Land commission with a view
of reclaiming the land and acquiring new titles. The Principal Bukalasa Agricultural College,
Gelvan Kisolo Lule confirmed to URN that some plots were curved out to host
staff from the Lands, Works and Trade ministries among others.
He however noted
that they have since appealed to the Commissioner Surveys and Mapping in Lands
Ministry who cancelled all the plots and the houses built on them are now under
the college. Kisolo says they are yet to secure titles for 98
acres and 299.9 acres of land so as to protect the College from encroachers.
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Bukalasa Agricultural College hosts 1500 students.
Recently, World Bank promoted Bukalasa Agricultural College to an Agriculture
Centre of Excellence and extended 11 a grant of Shillings billion. The grant is
expected to enable the college construct new farm, houses, renovation of
classrooms, fund electricity and water systems among others.
However, there are
fears that the land encroachment may affect the
expansion works. In 2017, Bukalasa Agricultural College bowed to pressure and
gave away two acres of land for the construction of Ministry of Lands zonal
offices. The zonal lands offices, whose construction was completed,
are part of the project of computerizing Uganda's land registry, which aims at
minimising land-related conflicts in the country, forgery of land titles and red-tape
in searching for land information.
protested the land give away, saying it will affect their education and practical
lessons in vain. In 2012, Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF also claimed
ownership of 98 acres of land belonging to Bukalasa Agricultural College. UPDF
claimed then, that the Uganda Land Commission had allocated them the land for
construction of a National Army Referral Hospital. Students and administrators
protested against the claim forcing the army to withdraw quietly.