The registered trustees of Indian temples under their umbrella
body BAPS Charities Uganda on Sunday surrendered two plots of land to Gulu
Senior Secondary School.
The two plots valued at 500 million shillings are located in
Bardege-Layibi Division, Gulu City were split from an acre-piece land that the
Indian Hindu sect acquired in 1963 to build a temple for worship.
However, when Asians were expelled from Uganda in 1972 the
registered board of trustees of BAPS were forced to vacate the land following
directives of the then sitting Government of late President Idi Amin Dada.
Irene Mwaka, the school Head-teacher says after the Asians vacated
the land, Gulu Secondary School seized the opportunity and occupied
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However, when the Indians returned, they were denied access and
repossession of the property on grounds that the land was being utilized for
public and common good in the form of a secondary school educating Ugandan
The school was supposed to vacate BAPS premises in 2010, however, to date, the
school still occupies the premises. The Indians opted to seek redress from
courts of law, and in September 2011, they sued the school.
In 2012, the then Gulu Resident Judge Simon Byamukama Mugenyi advised both parties
to enter into mediation to which both parties agreed.
Alfred Kyaka, an Assistant Commissioner, in-charge of Government Secondary Education
says that as part of the requirements during the mediation process, the
Ministry of Education and Sports paid BAPS 638 million shillings in rent
arrears that had accrued for 27 years.
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Patel Ghanshyam, the Chairperson of BAPS in Uganda said they
agreed to settle the matter out of court and donated the land in question to
promote education in the region.
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The State Minister of Education and Sports, Denis Hamson Obua, thanked
both parties for settling the matter out of court.