UTC Lira Wants Millions From Primary School
By Milton Emmy Akwam
LIRA: The land hostility that has existed between two government-learning institutions for years is likely to reach a finale.
Uganda Technical College (UTC) Lira and Ireda Primary School both in Central Division in Lira Municipality have had their leaders locking horns on who owns a 3 hectare piece of land.
The disputed land is located on the Eastern wing of UTC Lira and West wing of Ireda Primary School.
Besides several meetings right from 2014 to solve the battle, the two learning institutions could not come to concrete conclusion.
In a heated meeting on Wednesday chaired by Denis Otim Otto, on behalf of CAO Lira, the two parties partly agreed before Lira RDC Robert Abak and DPC Joel Tubanone, LC5 Boss, DISO and other leaders on how the matter could be sorted once and for all.
Egole Lawrence, the Chairman Parent Teachers association (PTA) of Ireda Primary School says the saga-commenced way back in 2013, refuting any claims that there was plan to hold on the land in dispute.
He accused UTC Lira of curving part of the land belonging to his school when surveyor came.
“We only realized when UTC fenced off part of the land,” he said.
Similarly, Administrators of UTC Lira headed by College Principal Nathan Talwana have often accused Ireda Primary school leadership of mobilizing locals who stole metallic poles and barbed wires used for fencing their land.
We have reliably learnt that a meeting convened by Denis Otto on the 12th September 2014, was abused amidst key resolutions.
One of the resolutions was that UTC Lira should continue fencing off its land, leaving out that one belonging to Ireda P/S.
Secondly, it was resolved that Ireda should initiate the process of acquiring their land title to avert further dispute.
However, fury arose when report indicated that both schools posses different land title on the contested land.
Lira RDC expressed concerned, questioning how District Land Board could grant land titles to two parties on the same piece of land.
Dr. Grace Okiror, the UTC Lira Chairperson Governing Council told the meet that because they have incurred cost in getting land title and fencing off now ravaged boundary, Ireda P/S should compensate them with Shs10m.
A team from Diocese of Lango and Egole Lawrence opposed the fee.
Ireda P/S administrators was later given a one-month period to consult Bishop Odur Charles Kami, the overseer of all schools founded under Church of Uganda (Diocese of Lango) on the fee.
Talking to this newspaper on phone from Gulu town on Wednesday afternoon, Bishop Odur Kami emphasized that the contested land belongs to Ireda Primary School not UTC Lira.
He said he would further establish the motives of those who want the land compensated at a fee.
Asked whether the Shs10m compensation money the College wants was fair or exorbitant, the Man of God said, “If they are money hungry, that amount is realistic.”
He says there were so many locals (especially elders) who lives around the contested land and can affirm that the land in contention is for Ireda primary School.