The Ministry of Lands will cancel the second title that is registered
in the names of Nabisunsa Girls' School. This is after realizing that the school
land had two freehold land titles registered in its name, which sparked a row between
the school and the Uganda Land Commission-ULC.
Baker Mugayino, the Assistant Commissioner of Land Registration says that ULC had
no interest in the land but was highlighting the anomaly of double titles.
According to Mugayino, the decision has already been made to
transfer one of the land titles to the board of directors of Nabisunsa.
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In August the ULC Chairperson Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki wrote to
the Commissioner Land Registration complaining about the irregular transfer of
government land by the school. She said that the school holds another title in
their name over the same plot.
But Judith Nabakooba, the
Lands Minister said that the land belongs to Nabisunsa.
On Tuesday, during a meeting to resolve the dispute, Nabakooba
said that previous meetings that were convened between the ULC, land
registration and the school about the land resolved that Nabisunsa Girls’ School
is the rightful owner of the land.
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Nabakooba further explains that the school has been using the land
since 1954 and acquired the land registration interests in 1993.
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She assured the school management and the Muslim community that the
government has no intentions of allocating the disputed land to another person.
According to the board of governors Juma Walusimbi Yusuf Kigozi,
the school has two pieces of land with one measuring 12 hectares on which
the school is housed and another piece of land on plot 562 measuring 2.79 hectares.
Walusimbi explains that the school has utilized the land since the
1950s and part of the land was issued to them by Prince Badru Kakungulu.
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Sofia Nantongo, one of the Nabisunsa Old Girls Association leaders noted
that as old girls they had plans of developing the land in question by setting up a school farm to facilitate agriculture lessons for the girls.