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Parents Protest as Bank Takes Over School in Jinja

Tobis Mwesigwa, a member of the school’s management committee says the bank was notified about their current financial constraints but went ahead and attached the school.
Some of the parents at the school compound.

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Parents of Green View Secondary School in Jinja stormed the school after Opportunity Bank threatened to attach the school for failing to clear a 53 million Shillings loan.

The angry parents forced bank officials to vacate the premises arguing that they should stay their execution until the lockdown is fully lifted.

Tobis Mwesigwa, a member of the school’s management committee says that the school was closed at the beginning of the term before parents could clear their outstanding dues. He adds that the bank was notified about their current financial constraints but went ahead and attached the school. 

Lovisa Tateme, a parent says that the bank should be lenient. She says that the actions of the bank could disrupt students who are in candidate classes. 

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Merrisa Namulemo, another parent asked leaders in the district to intervene.

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Aggrey Mupere, the school’s director says that the bank wanted to attach the school without notifying him or the school management committee members.  Mupere says that he had so far paid 18 million Shillings but due to the lockdown, he failed to remit more funds to the bank.

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Henry Mugarura, the Jinja North Division Police Commander intervened and ordered the bank officials and the private security guards to leave the school premises. Mugarura says that bank officials informed him that they had sold off the school but failed to produce relevant documents.

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Opportunity Bank officials declined to comment on the matter however according to the loan agreement seen by URN reporter, Mupere was given a five-year payment plan from 2018-2023 but subject to change.              

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