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UMSC Petitions Education Minister to Halt Luweero Seed School Project

Luweero District Authorities commissioned the construction of Katikamu Seed Secondary School On December 3. The school occupies eight out of the 12 acres of land owned by Uganda Muslim Supreme Council land at Luwube village in Katikamu Sub-county.
20 Dec 2019 19:02

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The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has petitioned the Minister of Education and Sports to halt the construction of a 2.3 billion Shillings Seed Secondary School in Luweero district. 

Luweero District Authorities commissioned the construction of Katikamu Seed Secondary School On December 3. The school occupies eight out of the 12 acres of land owned by Uganda Muslim Supreme Council land at Luwube village in Katikamu Sub-county. 

The tasks will cover the construction of seven classroom blocks, a computer library, a laboratory, an administration block, staff quarters and pit latrines, under Uganda Inter-Governmental Fiscal Transfer Program sponsored by the World Bank. 

But in a letter dated December 9, to Education Minister Janet Museveni, the Secretary-General of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Ramathan Mugalu contests the construction contradicts both the Education act and Education Policy, because it was undertaken without consulting the land owners, who are at the same time, the foundation body of the school. 

Mugalu explains that it was erroneous to rename the school from Luwube Muslim Secondary School to Katikamu Seed Secondary School without consulting the supreme council. He asked the minister to halt the construction and pave way for due processes to be followed. The matter was also brought to the attention of Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and correspondences copied to the Mufti of Uganda, among other Muslim leaders. 

Muslim leaders fear that their role in Seed School is minimal since it’s a community secondary school which attracts learners from all religious denominations. The same disputed block of land hosts a mosque, Luwube UMEA Primary School, one of the government-aided institutions in the district and Luwube Secondary School all under Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. 

But Luweero Senior Education Officer Enoch Kiyemba says that consultations were done and a Memorandum of Understanding signed with agents of the Supreme Council in the district, allowing the construction of school on the same land, for the benefit of the community. Kiyemba has advised UMSC to solve its differences with the local leadership so that the project is not halted. 

Luweero District Chairman Ronald Ndawula also affirms that due processes were followed and that the district is now waiting for land titles from the Supreme Council area leaders as construction takes shape. 

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The Acting Luweero District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa Nsanja declined to comment on MoU saying he is new in the office and found the project ongoing. Mulindwa, however, attended the commissioning of the Seed School on December 3, and endorsed the project saying that it will bring quality education to all students in the area irrespective of their religious background.

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