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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.
The new contested kindergaten block constructed in the front side of Kawolo parish church.

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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 Mukono-Jinja road.

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 clock.  

//Cue in: “Kino ekizimbe kyaffe…

Cue out: …view ye kkanisa”//

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 them.

//Cue in: “Ensonga eyo jjemwogerako…

 

Cue out: …etasobola kkosa kkanisa”//   

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 connections.

“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.