LUWEERO, UGANDA: Police in Luweero District have arrested Mr Richard Mukasa, the former head teacher of Wobulenzi Public Primary School for allegedly using the school land titles to secure a questionable loan of 100 million shillings.
Wobulenzi Public Primary School, a government institution in Wobulenzi Town Council, Luweero district.
According to the acting Savannah Regional Police spokesperson Patrick Lule, preliminary investigations by police show that while still the school head teacher, Mukasa applied for the said loan in Equity Bank in 2019 and presented the land titles as security.
After acquiring the loan, he is said to then have retired. His successor also succeeded in the loan. According to Lule, what the loan money was used for is still being investigated.
The pressure to service the loan was placed by Mukasa’s predecessor on the parents. Police say that for the new headteacher to clear the loan, he transferred the burden to the parents after they were made to repay it on top of the school fees.
The unbearable pressure has of late forced the parents to report the matter to Richard Bwabye, the Luwero Resident District Commissioner (RDC), as they protested the servicing of the loan, yet they are still struggling to know what the money was used for.
As the head of the District Security Committee, RDC Bwabye directed police to look for Mukasa who has now been arrested.
At the time of his arrest, only shs41m has been paid on the loan and according to police, Mukasa now faces charges of abuse of office as investigations in the matter continue.
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