By Kampala Post Reporter
The Uganda Peoples Defence Force has explained the standoff between the army officials and authorities of Guardian primary school which happened yesterday.
On Monday, a standoff ensued between UPDF sentries attached to the Senior Staff and Command College – Kimaka and Guardian Primary School authorities. This was as a result of a long-standing contestation over a piece of land that belongs to the Army. The incident involved some pupils and parents.
Brig. Richard Karemire, Defence spokesperson, in a statement seen by Kampala Post on Tuesday explains that the contested land which belongs to the Senior Command and Staff College - Kimaka was exchanged for the Bujagali Rifle Range Ground on 20th February 2004 between the Uganda Land Commission (on behalf of the Ministry of Defence) and Jinja District Land Board.
“Jinja District authorities were in return supposed to relocate occupants including Guardian Primary School at Plot M.144 to a more secure Bujagali Rifle Ground far away from military activities. Regrettably to-date, this has not happened. The inaction led to the incident of yesterday that was telecast by some media houses,” Brig Karemire says.
The Defence Spokesperson adds “UPDF regrets the disruptions caused and promises not tire away from engaging with all stakeholders until an amicable solution is arrived at.”
It should be remembered that in a recent appearance before the Commission of Inquiry into Land matters, the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs officials complained about continued loss of its strategic land to some entities.