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Kira Municipal Leaders Dismayed as Survey Places Kireka Army School in Kampala

Founded in the 1970s, Kireka Army School is located inside the former army barracks which has since turned into a police barracks, partly housing police’s Special Investigations Unit in Kireka. The school, which was under Kira, as part of the greater Mpigi district, has been the epicentre of a broader boundary and resources dispute between the two administrative units for the last three years.
A recent official land survey has placed the contested Kireka Army School under Kampala Capital City Authority territorial jurisdiction

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Kira municipal leaders have expressed discontent with findings of a recent survey that placed Kireka Army Primary School under the territorial jurisdiction of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA. 

Founded in the 1970s, Kireka Army School is located inside the former army barracks which has since turned into a police barracks, partly housing police’s Special Investigations Unit in Kireka. The school, which was under Kira, as part of the greater Mpigi district, has been the epicentre of a broader boundary and resources dispute between the two administrative units for the last three years.    

Charles Zziwa, the school headteacher says the clash of the two authorities had caused disruption of the functioning of the school leaving it nearly neglected by both sides. The school also suffered a temporary closure.   

“A lot these couldn’t move. we had been shortlisted among the schools which needed special attention in Kira before all this happened and in no time, the authorities diverted their attention leaving us helpless,” Zziwa told Uganda Radio Network. He added that the school which operates in dilapidated structures had been promised a new classroom block.  

Kira Municipal Mayor Julius Mutebi however, dismisses the report findings. He suspects that someone must have tampered with the boundaries to favour KCCA since the area in which the contested school is situated generates a lot of local revenue for the local council.   

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However, Kira Municipal Town Clerk Benon Yiga says that having received the report by the Department of Surveys and Mapping, they are preparing to handover territories and public facilities said to be out of their jurisdictions but as well claim what belongs within their boundaries. 

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Nakawa Division Mayor Ronald Nsubuga Balimwezo says KCCA is ready to receive the school and has already considered its renovation. 

“It is good that our counterparts have finally accepted what we have always told them on the ownership of that school,” Balimwezo said. He, however, added that Nakawa Division will soon launch another survey for its boundaries to clear the other areas that Kira is silently encroaching upon.