By Yosam Gucwaki
Principal Uganda Technical College Kyema and Masindi district local government leadership are fighting for the 99 million shillings to be compensated by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
This follows the construction of Kigumba-Masindi-Hoima Kyenjojo road which is about to commence.
Jacob Akunobere, the principal Uganda technical college Kyema, says that there is compensation by UNRA to all the institutions along the road noting that they were told that Kyema is bound to a tune of 99 million shillings compensation adding that is surprising to see district demanding the saying that they are the owners of land and the money.
He adds that Kyema is an independent college which was given land to develop noting that when an opportunity comes should be left to them.
Akunobere adds that if this money is left to them, it could help them establish like 3 or 4 staff houses for effective management of the staff noting that 90 % of the staff members reside outside the institution.
She adds that even the college nurse who should be at the college all the time resides outside.
However, the district chairperson Masindi, Cosmas Byaruhanga says that Kyema is sitting on the district land in the names of Masindi district local government according to the title, adding that the compensation should go the district Bank Account before it is channeled to Kyema Technical college.
Byaruhanga also explains that as a district they have priorities saying that it would be imperative for Kyema technical college and the district to sit on the round table and and agree on the priorities which can be worked on using the same money. He says that as a district chairperson he is aware of all developments going on at Kyema noting that the issue of space is not a big problem.
Byaruhanga adds that this money should be used to support the needy students explaining that there are students who cannot afford to meet the requirements of under taking a certificate course at Kyema since government supports only students undertaking diploma courses.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website