Former students of Iganga municipal council primary school located
in Northern division, Iganga district have stormed the school premises in
protest of the on-going construction of a cricket oval within the football pitch.
The former students say that the cricket oval is slated to occupy half of
the football pitch which will deprive the pupils enough space to train during inter-school
The angry group which was led by Ayub Tagaba destroyed the
bricks and other concrete pavers that were constructed yesterday.
Tagaba says that the pitch is known for hosting annual primary schools
competitions within the district and transforming it into a cricket oval
requires comprehensive consultation from all stakeholders.
//Cue in: “ki’numye inho…
Cue out…waile na’katono.”//
Another old student Geoffrey Omondi also says that the pitch is a talent nurturing
ground for most of the first division clubs within the district and activities
aimed at reducing its’ size will affect football.
Omondi further faulted the school head teacher, Joy Babuleka
of conniving with some political leaders to giveaway part of the school land to the
Indian association to construct the cricket ground.
//Cue in: “ekisawe kino…
However, Babuleka denies the claims saying that the management comittee of the school
endorsed the construction of the cricket oval and also signed
a memorandum of understanding with the Iganga Indian association.
those people are just hypocrites. After all the support we have been receiving from the Indian community, the school management committee members signed a memorandum
of understanding and endorsed the project," said Babuleka.
Meanwhile, Hussein Kato, the northern division town clerk
says that Babuleka failed to follow the necessary procedures involved in
modification of school play grounds and has been tasked to avail the
development plans to the Iganga municipal town clerk for approval.