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Otafiire blasts presidential advisers over Nakivubo land

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd February 2009 03:00 AM

THE former local government minister, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, has criticised presidential advisers for misinforming the President about Nakivubo Blue Primary School matters.

THE former local government minister, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, has criticised presidential advisers for misinforming the President about Nakivubo Blue Primary School matters.

By Jeff Lule

THE former local government minister, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, has criticised presidential advisers for misinforming the President about Nakivubo Blue Primary School matters.

“Some times I get disappointed with some presidential advisers. What they told the President was contrary to what the ministry and Kampala City Council (KCC) had proposed about the school. It is not Nakivubo Blue as the President was informed but Nakivubo Settlement School,” said Otafiire, who is now the trade minister.

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday directed the mayor, Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, to halt plans to turn Nakivubo Blue Primary School into a taxi park.

He also directed KCC not to displace schools in favour of private developers.

Otafiire said Nakivubo Settlement was a ‘wastage of resources’, since it had few pupils.

He was speaking at the launch of the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala on Friday.

Otafiire said the school had been turned into a lodge, workshop, garage and a market.

He said his ministry had proposed to merge the school with the neighbouring Nakivubo Blue Primary School.

The move, Otafiire said, would have left the land on which the school is located free to set up economic developments.

“Nakivubo Blue has enough buildings to cater for about 8,000 children. Currently, it has about 860 children. Why can’t we merge the two schools into one?” he asked.

Otafiire said the Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association was willing to upgrade the school, adding that the committee on public service and local government had also approved the plan.

On his appointment, Otafiire said: “How can I be annoyed after being promoted to a more serious ministry? I was saved from dealing with garbage and people who do not appreciate development.”
Sebaggala, said moving the school was only a proposal and the President would get more information about the matter.

In 2006 Shimon Demonstration School was displaced after the Government gave its land to an investor. For three years, no development has taken place on the land.

Otafiire blasts presidential advisers over Nakivubo land

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