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Land Wrangles Threaten Four Schools in Luweero

Luweero District Education Officer Florence Bbosa says that the schools got the land as donations from landlords, some of whom died before processing land titles for them. In such cases, relatives to the deceased have taken advantage of the loophole to sell part of the land on which the said schools sit.
Ronald Ndawula the Luweero District LC 5 Chairman speaking to pupils of Kamira Church of Uganda ,P/S .The school is embroiled in land wrangle with relatives of landlord who donated the land

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At least four Universal Primary Education schools in Luweero district are entangled in land wrangles pitting them against communities and families in the area.

The affected schools include Lukyamu UMEA, Kagembe, Ssempa and Kamira Church of Uganda Primary School.

Luweero District Education Officer Florence Bbosa says that the schools got the land as donations from landlords, some of whom died before processing land titles for them. In such cases, relatives to the deceased have taken advantage of the loophole to sell part of the land on which the said schools sit.

In other areas, where the landlords are still alive, they have since changed the decisions and sold part of the land they had already donated to schools. One of the affected schools; Ssempa Church of Uganda Primary School has so far lost five out of 10 acres it initially received as a donation.

Bbosa says that some schools wake up to new construction works on the site without any prior notice of sale from the landlords and their families.

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Shadrak Araali Ngonzi, the head teacher of Kamira Church of Uganda Primary School says that the school received a donation of 10 acres of land from the landlord Simon Musisi. However the land has significantly reduced after relatives sold part of same.

Ngonzi explains that since the sale, the school has lost a toilet stance which was fenced off by an encroacher.

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As result of the trend, Luweero District Council and the Anglican Diocese have embarked on a campaign to mobilize funds to process land titles for the schools and save them from possible eviction. Luweero Diocesan Secretary for Education Reverend Paul Kakooza says that the office of the Bishop is equally concerned and is searching for funds to apply for land titles for all schools under church administration.

Luweero District Chairperson Ronald Ndawula explains that all government facilities which include schools, health centers and sub counties are threatened by land grabbing.

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None of the landlord or relatives involved in the land wrangles was willing to comment on the issue.

Land wrangles have also affected education in eight Universal Primary Education schools in Nakasongola district. The affected schools include Wabisisi, Nabukoteka UMEA, Nakatuuba, Kapundo, Malengera, Kirowooza, Wabbale and Kamunina P/S.

Some of the landlords who donated land to the schools are threatening to evict the schools and repossess the land accusing the government of failing to reward them and others are demanding compensation. Some schools have backtracked on further investment over lack of security on the land.

Recently President Yoweri Museveni appointed a land probe committee led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to investigate the rampant land wrangles.

The Commission is inquiring into land management, process of land acquisition, registration and administration among others. This week the committee is resuming investigations on land wrangles in the country after what it called a technical break.