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Parents order church out of school

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By Fred Muzaale

Posted  Sunday, March 30  2014 at  18:35
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Kayunga.

Angry parents of Kanjuki SS in Kayunga District have ordered Church Of Uganda leaders, including Mukono diocesan bishop James Ssebaggala to immediately stop meddling in the management of the school, accusing the clergy of illegally freezing the school’s bank accounts.

On March 18, the Mukono Diocese secretary, the Rev Henry Majwala wrote to the manager Post Bank, Kayunga Branch, instructing him not to honour any transactions on behalf of the school by the head teacher, Mr Fred Kiwanuka, and the board chairman Bishop (Rtd) Eria Paul Luzinda.

“Mr Kiwanuka was transferred from Kanjuki SS in January and that the board of governors of the said school expired in the year 2013,” the letter to the manager Post Bank reads in part.

Mr Kiwanuka who had spent less than one year in the school was transferred to Kalangala District early this year, but it is alleged his transfer was cancelled by the ministry, a move that didn’t go down well with the Mukono diocese leaders, who accuse him of siding with parents to oust the church from the management of the school. Mr Kiwanuka, however, denies the accusations.

The parents, who have for long been locked in a bitter row with the church of Uganda, with parents claiming that the church was not the founding body of the school since the school was started by parents, during a Friday stormy meeting resolved that the school had seized to be church-founded and was now a community school.
“It was us who bought land and also constructed the classroom, how can the church claim that it is the founding body?” Mr Eria Lubega, one of the parents asked.

The parents vowed to resist the transfer of the head teacher, whom they say had developed the school.
However, Bishop Ssebaggala said parents act to push the church from the school’s management was politically motivated.

Without elaborating the bishop wondered why the parents had waited for so long to know that the church was not the founding body.