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Church denies grabbing Ntinda school land

Monsignor Charles Kasibante

Monsignor Charles Kasibante

The Kampala Catholic Archdiocese has strongly denied accusations that it's trying to fraudulently take over Ntinda nursery and primary school land located in Ntinda in Nakawa division.

The Universal Primary Education (UPE) school based school that is owned by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) sits on a 1.8 hectare prime land located on plot 20-26 Ntinda- Stretcher Road.

“It is not true that the church obtained the lease for its land at Ntinda from Uganda Land Commission fraudulently. The church followed due process in applying and processing the acquisition of the lease. The records of the Uganda Land Commission, specifically under minute ULC/13/2015(A)(592) bear this out,” Monsignor Charles Kasibante, the vicar general of Kampala Archdiocese said in a press conference yesterday.

After establishing St Charles Lwanga Catholic Parish four years ago, the church thought about developing the school that borders the church. They moved to the Uganda Land Commission and applied to be given the lease, which the commission did after assurances that it was going to just redevelop and modernise the school. 

In its plan, Kasibante said, the church hoped to modernise the school which has about 900 students according to KCCA figures; introduce school fees paying pupils while at the same time maintaining its UPE cohorts.

Kasibante said the less privileged pupils would access the same education standards and facilities as those enjoyed by the school fees paying pupils and thus lifting the standards of the community as a whole. However, when they submitted their development plan to KCCA for approval, it was rejected on the premise that the authority still had interest in the property.

“The church made its development plans for the development of part of that land which included expansion of the school by erecting an additional classroom block and submitted the same to KCCA for approval but the plans were rejected by KCCA in their letter dated April 16, 2018 claiming that they have a property interest in the school,” Kasibante said.

He also dismissed as false allegations that once acquired, the church would raze down the school and replace it with shopping malls. He said whoever claims thus, must bring evidence to prove their allegations. 

The commission of Inquiry into land matters which is headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire recently visited the disputed land where it met with the school management committee and other officials from KCCA but excluded the church. This Kasibante said was against the principle of natural justice that guarantees a hearing of both parties to a conflict.

When contacted for a comment, the head teacher of Ntinda primary school Gulaale Paul declined to comment saying the issue is well beyond him.

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Comments

+2 #1 Wooden K. 2018-10-24 20:58
Hello Uganda !

Is there anybody who doesn`t know that the Catholic Church is the champion of promoting education and other very important institutions ?

You could find that the fools in KCCA who are blocking this had their children educated in Buganda Road Primary School before sending them to Namagunga or Kisubi.

When their mothers get sick , they send them to Nsambya .or Lubaga.

The idiots do not ask how this would have been possible if the Church was denied land.

If it were up to me , I would reverse the old but effective policy of having religious -oriented schools all over this damned country.

I am outraged !
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0 #2 Izdoh 2018-10-25 09:37
Dear All
Monsignor Kasibante acknowledges that the land and school are owned by KCCA and by going to ULC it implies that you want the land lord to chase the curent tenant and give the land and school to you.

I believe if you wanted to develop the school then you ought to have partnered with KCCA the current owner and thus no conflict will be there.

How would you feel if you woke up and find ULC has given the church land to one of the tycoons in your neighbor hood.
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+3 #3 Betty Nalubega 2018-10-25 12:18
Izdol dear ,

its not your fault that you misunderstand the issue.

As usual , there is a lot of under-reporting .

The Land in question belongs to Ntinda Catholic Church. KCCA leazed the land to run a school on this land. In others words , KCCA own and runs a school on land that belongs to the church.

Because the lease expires in the next two years , the Catholic church presented a plan to develop the primary school . meaning that KCCA`s lease will not be extended.

KCCA is not only refusing to approve the plan, but also allaging that the church is either selling the land or planning to build a shopping mall there.
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-1 #4 WADADA rogers 2018-10-25 14:30
Editor, please reduce the size of the Priest's photo, it makes him look like a land grabber.

I know that land grabbing is the order of the day, and its every where in Uganda, whatever the case may be, the Catholic church has a lot of land, leave that small portion for Ntinda Primary school.
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+2 #5 Odongkara 2018-10-25 15:58
Education and health services were brought into the country by the Christian missionaries. The best performing schools and hospitals in the country are the Church founded and funded.

KCCA should let the church go ahead with it's plans to develop the school.

We've seen city lands go to individual investors but not for the benefit of Ugandans. The church is developing the school for the good of Ugandan children.

I am sad that KCCA is refusing to see this benefit. Would you rather give the land to a Chinese?
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+3 #6 Kent Mawa 2018-10-25 22:20
Wadada Rogers , study the subject before you comment.

In this case , its is KCCA that is attempting to grab land from the Church .

The only reasonable objection would arise if the Catholic Church did not want that primary School there anymore

Obviously , the Catholic church only plan is to modernize the school and then open it up for less privilaged pupils .

It is historically indisputable that the Catholic Churh is the best at doing such a thing.

In USA alone , the Catholic church educates more than 2 million students every day . It runs and funds 267 Colleges / Universties which help "poor" Americans to aquire quality education.

What has KCCA done besides selling off schools land ?
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+3 #7 rubangakene 2018-10-25 22:27
Give back to the church what belongs to the church; they run these institution better than anyone else and turn out good citizens. you just have to look around you to see that the government has deliberately run down most of the Catholic institutions all over the country; Nyapea College, St Mary's Kisubi, Namilyango, Lacor Hospital, Nsambya and so on. Why?
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