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 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
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.