Indian Association Of Uganda Orders Hoima Container Village Off Public School Land

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The Indian Association of Uganda Registered Trustees of Hoima public school has given a four month ultimatum to owners of containers near the school premises to vacate the area.

The Indian Association of Uganda Registered Trustees of Hoima public school has given a four month ultimatum to owners of containers near the school premises to vacate the area. Rajni Taylor, the chairman Board of trustees Indian Association of Uganda issued the ultimatum after meeting parents and teachers of Hoima public school. 
 
 
Tailor says that the owners of the containers placed them on the school land illegally and wants them to remove them within the specified period of time. He says that the containers that are placed about three meters outside the school perimeter wall are not suitable for a learning environment.
 
 
Tailor also argues that the containers have consumed the school land that would have been used for expansion. The container village was gazatted by Hoima town council last year. However, the then mayor Hoima Municipality Francis Atugonza opposed the decision to gazette the container village. Tailor says that the Indian Association of Uganda has plans to rehabilitate the school and improve the sewerage system.
 

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But the affected business people operating in the container have vowed not to vacate the school land.Caesar Kajura, who owns a container, says they can’t vacate a no-man’s land which was gazzatted as a container village. Robbinah Tibakanya, another container owner says unless the municipal council provides them another strategic location for their business, they will not leave. 


Tibakanya says that they occupied the land after reaching an understanding with town council and questions the logic behind the Indians’ demand for a piece of land outside their perimeter wall. 

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Mohammed Kiyimba, LC I chairman Public cell has declined to comment on the matter. Grace Mary Mugasa, Mayor Hoima Municipality has not yet commented on the matter as she was not in office when out reporter sought her comment over the matter. Hoima public school sits on a 2.8 are plot of land in the middle of the town just opposite Boma grounds.  The school now under UPE has an enrolment of 1500 pupils.