Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka the LCV Chairperson Nakaseke explains that residents are no longer willing to offer free land for school projects neither does the district has money to procure land from the residents.
Nakaseke district authorities are struggling to acquire land for seed
The Government received a loan from the World Bank through Intergovernmental
Fiscal Transfer (UgIFT) Program for Construction of Seed Secondary Schools in
selected Sub Counties in Uganda.
At least 115 new seed secondary schools are expected to be constructed in the
financial year 2020/21 across the country. Each complete school is estimated to
cost over two billion shillings.
Nakaseke District is among the districts where at least two schools are
expected to be constructed in this financial year.
However, the construction of seed secondary schools could be delayed
whereas the other has been established in remote areas over land problems in
Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka the LCV Chairperson Nakaseke says that in the financial
year 2020/21 the Ministry of Education pledged to construct seed secondary
schools in Kikamulo and Kinoni sub-counties on condition that the district
donates 10 acres of land for each project.
Koomu explains that residents are no longer willing to offer free land for
school projects neither does the district has money to procure land from the
He says that currently they are constructing a seed secondary school in
Nakaseke Sub County but this was established in a remote area after they failed
to get free land for the project.
Koomu now wants the Ministry of Education to revise guidelines to allow districts
to construct the school on limited acres of land.
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Stephen Batanudde the District Education Officer says that they have requested
the Buganda Land Board to donate land for Kikamulo Seed Secondary and courted
residents in Kinoni sub-county to ensure that the projects are not cancelled.
However, Buganda Land Board is willing to offer only five out of 10 acres
needed for Kikamulo Seed Secondary.
Jane Mukasa a resident of Kikamulo Sub County says that it’s high time the
government includes land acquisition costs on total budgets for schools since they
are constructed at exorbitant sums of money.
Each seed secondary school is expected to have six classrooms, a
multi-purpose hall, an Information and Communications Technology
laboratory, a library and a science laboratory among others.
Luweero district also suffered delays for construction of Katikamu
Seed Secondary after it was hit by land wrangles in financial year 2019/20.
The Luweero District Authorities commissioned the construction of Katikamu
Seed Secondary School on December 3rd 2019 but the project was interrupted by
wrangles after Uganda Muslim Supreme Council petitioned the Education Ministry
to halt the construction of the school.
UMSC was challenging the 2.3 billion Shillings Seed Secondary School on their
eight acres of land saying it was undertaken without consulting the landowners,
who are at the same time, the foundation body of the school.
The project resumed this year after district education officials pleaded with
officials Uganda Muslim Supreme Council to allow the project on the land.
If the land question is not addressed by both district and Ministry, several
sub-counties may take long to get the schools hence denying learners their
right to education.
Efforts to seek comment from Alex Kakooza Education Permanent Secretary
and State Minister of Higher Education John C. Muyingo were unsuccessful since
their phones were switched off.