Hoima parents accuse govt of delayed compensation for school land

Kyapaloni primary school during a PTA Meeting (Photo: Mwima Henry)

HOIMA, UGANDA: Parents of Kyapaloni primary school in Kabale sub-county in Hoima District are still struggling to seek for compensation of their school land three years ago taken by the government for the construction of the oil refinery.

Kyapaloni Primary school is one of the government-owned institutions that were relocated as the government acquired the 29 square miles of the refinery land.
Several institutions and thousands of residents were compensated before the relocation but the case is different for Kyapaloni primary school.

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According to one Akankwasa the PTA chairperson of the school, the ministry of energy and mineral development relocated the school to Katooke village where the community had 3 acres of land for the reconstruct reconstruction of the school by the government.

Akankwasa says the school had 20 acres of land but now it was not compensated adding that before the relocation of the school, they demanded the community where they can construct the school.

He says they have petitioned various offices including the ministry of energy and mineral development about the matter but still in vain.
“The new school lacks staff quarters, playground and school garden because the land which was offered by the community is very small to accommodate all the school necessities”. Akankwasa said.

He says they expected the government to relocate the school to the same size of land
“I think the compensation of the school land was swindled by some government officials since the compensation given was not matching with the amount of land taken”. Akankwasa added.

James Mugenyi Mulindambura the former Hoima District Local Government Secretary for education says the district was not involved since the Ministry of Energy relocated the school from the refinery land.
“As the Hoima District Local Government Leaders, we were not involved in the relocation of the school since the relocation exercise was done by the ministry of energy and mineral development’. Mulindambura said.

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