IGG Intervenes in Kabale University Row

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Raphael Baku, the Inspector General of Government has blocked Kabale district from utilizing the land allocated to Kabale University until his office investigates the matter.

Raphael Baku, the Inspector General of Government has blocked Kabale district from utilizing the land allocated to Kabale University until his office investigates the matter. In his letter dated August 22, Baku says the 101 acre piece of land located at Kikungiri should remain in the hands of Kabale University until his office has done its investigations.
 
 
Baku was responding to petition addressed to the inspectorate by Prof George Kanyeihamba, Vice Chancellor Kabale University. Kanyeihamba petitioned the IGG on July 25 2011, asking him to block Kabale District from selling the land allocated to the university. In his letter, Kanyeihamba contends that that without the 101 acres of land the University license would be revoked by the National Council for Higher Education.


But Pastori Twinomuhangi, Kabale District Council has dismissed the IGG’s letter saying that it is only the district that can place caveat on the land which has its title. Twinomuhangi says they will not be intimidated by people who want to use government structures to act wrongly. Kennedy Rwaboona, Kabale University secretary has declined to comment on the IGG’s letter saying he is yet to receive a copy.


The IGG’s letter comes after the Kabale district council voted on Thursday to halt debate on the land. This is not the first time Kabale University is dragging the district to Inspectorate of government over the same land. In 2007, Kabale University petitioned the then inspector General of Government Faith Mwondha over the same land.


But in her report Mwondah said there was nothing to show that Kabale district transferred the said land to the university.
She said that unlike the earlier offer of 52 acres of land in which there was documented evidence that the district council had given the land to the university, there were no council minutes to authenticate the pledge of the 101 acres of land.