Canon John Ssebudde, the Mukono Diocesan Secretary, says the synod and the diocesan chancellor are y handling the matter and are yet to give their final verdict that shall be respected. He says despite receiving information about the donation, they didn’t authorize the construction of classroom block.
There is dispute between Mukono Diocese and the
school management committee of Kawolo Church of Uganda primary school.
The dispute stems from a directive by Mukono
Diocese to the school to demolish a newly build classroom block donated by Haileybury
Youth Trust charity organization to serve as a kindergarten for allegedly
obstructing the front view of Kawolo parish church in Lugazi municipality along
The diocese also argues that the block that was
built at the tune of Shillings 75 million and handed over to the school
management in February this year, was built on a piece of land reserved for
church events and future projects.
Canon John Ssebudde, the Mukono Diocesan Secretary, says the synod and the
diocesan chancellor are y handling the matter and are yet to give their final verdict
that shall be respected. He says despite receiving information about the
donation, they didn’t authorize the construction of classroom block.
Canon Ssebudde says that he wrote to the school
management to halt the construction works but he was ignored and was surprised to
hear the handover the building. The School Management Development Committee
Chairperson, Denis Musisi, says the church has instructed them to pull down the
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He says the diocese has been accusing them of failure to comply
with the directive of the diocese ever since the building was handed over to
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In a recent synod meeting held at St. Phillips
and Andrew’s Cathedral on April 26, the Bishop of Mukono Diocese, Right Rev.
James William Ssebaggala noted that once the school administration fails to
come up with an agreeable measure, the block will be pulled down.
Florence Wanyana, the school head teacher and wife to the retired
Bishop of Mukono Diocese, Eria Paul Luzinda, says she has been working
tirelessly to elevate the school from dilapidated structures using her
“Even when I got an opportunity of meeting the
president I requested for more buildings to see the school that I lead
developing, I did not expect such confrontations and especially from my
superiors,” she said.
Government is also
building two six classroom blocks for the school that has been operation in
dilapidated buildings. Wanyana says they had hopes of receiving another two
classrooms, administration and a boys’ dormitory from Haileybury Youth Trust,
which has since stepped back over unknown reasons.
Vicent Katumba, the Kitega LC I Chairperson, says as the
community they are considering fencing the building to protect it from any
danger since they are directly benefiting from it.
“We have received information of demolishing a
building at the school but the community is on high alert to protect it from
any danger. We need it and the church also can use it as the Sunday school
section,” Katumba said.