MPs Query Demolition of Nabagereka Primary School

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One of the best ways to bridging income inequality in the society, is to give education to the poorest of the poor, but government is just looking on without giving any statement' Sekikubo said.

Parliament wants the executive to explain circumstances leading to the demolition Nabagereka primary school. 

Nabagereka Primary School, one of the schools managed by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) was demolished late this January by court brokers sparking anger from teachers , parents and pupils.
 
The matter of the demolished school where over one thousand pupils were going was brought to Parliament by Rwemiyaga MP, Theodore Sekikubo.  
 
Sekikubo rising on a matter of National Importance said he was concerned about the executive's silence about the demolition of one of the public schools in the city.
 
 "One of the best ways to bridging income inequality in the society, is to give education to the poorest of the poor, but government is just looking on without giving any statement", Sekikubo said.
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Education and Sports Minister, Jessica Alupo in response said eh shad no explanation over the demolition saying her Lands Ministry counterparts were better placed to explain.
 
Alupo said her ministry was equally concerned about the demolition.
 
 "The demolition of Nabagereka primary school is a matter of concern in the Ministry, there is the allegation that the one who demolished the school has the land title, I would like the lands Ministry to explain", Minister Alupo said.

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 Busiro East MP,  Medard Lubega Sseggona wondered whether  there was coordination among the government ministries after the Alupo referred Parliament to  her Lands counterpart.
Second Deputy premier Moses Ali said he will ask the Minister for Lands, Daudi Migereko or his juniors to present a statement next Tuesday.

However, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga seemingly angered by the rate at which a number of schools have suspiciously been demolished, said there is need for a thorough investigation.
 
She advised Theodore Sekikubo to move a motion for a probe into the demolition of public schools.
Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa had told Parliament that there were many more schools  in the city at the risk of being demolished by  individuals claiming possession of their  land titles.
Sekikubo is expected to move the  motion when parliament resumes on  Wednesday 4th February 2015.

Nabagereka Primary School was established in 1966 and named after the queen of Buganda title "Nabagereka". Now Kampala businessman John Bosco Muwonge claims it was leased to him in 2010.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.