Wobulenzi Public Primary School in Luwero district faces upheaval as it has been listed for sale by Equity Bank due to the failure to repay a 100 million Shillings loan acquired in 2019.
The loan was obtained by the former headteacher, Richard Mukasa, with the school’s land title as collateral for constructing staff houses. Despite having the largest learner population in the district, the school couldn’t clear 65 million Shillings of the debt after the loan repayment period lapsed.
Equity Bank, after issuing a demand notice, posted an announcement on the school gate, claiming ownership.
The loan repayment disruption, attributed to COVID-19 and alleged irregularities by the former administration, prompted the school to seek intervention from authorities.
The LCIII Chairperson, Moses Ssebalamu, accuses the former headteacher and School Management Committee of fraudulent loan acquisition.
Efforts to save the school involve a crisis meeting with the Luwero Resident District Commissioner, Richard Bwabye, who initiated police involvement and a court order to secure the land title for investigation.
Plans also include seeking a court order to block the school’s sale, and the suggestion to involve the Anti-Corruption Court, where charges against the headteacher and committee members could be pursued.
Luwero District Woman Member of Parliament, Brenda Nabukenya, expresses surprise at the misuse of the school’s land title and urges prosecution for those implicated.
Meanwhile, the Former Chairperson of the School Management Committee, Amos Kalema, denies applying for the loan, alleging signature forgery. Richard Mukasa, the former headteacher, is currently unavailable for comment on the matter.