Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) that is mandated to supervise over 102 schools in the city has only one land tittle which is hampering development in the city, it emerged on Tuesday.
Officials from the KCCA authority led by the deputy Executive Director, Ms Edith Tumusiime Tuhakirwa told Parliament on Tuesday that their hands are tied since they cannot put up permanent infrastructure on land whose land tittles are not in their possession as it may be sold off anytime.
Majority of the land is situated on land held in trust by the Uganda Land Commission and that which belongs to Buganda Kingdom and other religious foundation bodies.
The authority has however written to Uganda Land Board and the Buganda Land Commission to lease out some of the land for 17 schools.
“Following the establishment of KCCA, we embarked on a review of the status of the assets base of their institution. KPMG, an audit firm submitted a report on the status of the assets and the record showed that several schools however were with inadequate or lack of documentation to that effect,” Ms Tumusiime said.
The only tittle that is reportedly in their possession is for Kamwokya Primary School.
“We are also in the process of securing tittles for two schools namely; Bukasa Primary School and Kisaasi Primary School,” she said as she assured MPs that they have now applied to ULC lease them land for Nakivubo resettlement, East Kololo, Summit View, Railway Children, Naguru Katali, Kitante, Buganda Road Nakasero, Nakivubo Blue and Kiswa Primary Schools.
KCCA has also applied to the Buganda Land Board to lease them land for Katwe, Kitebi, Kasubi Family, Namungoona, Kigobe, Mirembe, Busega, Kansanga primary schools and Kansanga Seed Secondary School.
The head of KCCA Legal department, Charles Ouma said the authority is trying to secure the legal control over the city schools and are certain as soon as they are done, they will emback on improving on the infrastructure.
The MPs queried why KCCA allowed Nabagereka Primary School land to be sold away to an investor.
“We fought for schools like Shimoni Demonstration School, Nakivubo Settlement and Batvalley.What has KCCA done to stop the sale of Nabagereka Primary school?” asked Mr Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West).
But Ms Tumusiime said the land belongs to Buganda and that the investor has agreed to rebuild the structures in Kitante.
Ms Gertrude Nakabira (Lwengo women) however said relocating the school will inconvenience children especially those coming from humble families.
Meanwhile the MPs were concerned why KCCA evicted Kitante teachers from Kitante land and replaced the teachers’ house with a guest house.
KCCA officials however said they had reached a compromise with the school management to put up a guest house and a resource centre. The committee asked them to produce evidence and minutes indicating that the school agreed to their decision.