Nabagereka Primary School, one of the schools managed by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has been demolished.
The school with over 1,000 pupils and about 50 teaching and non-teaching staff was razed by court bailiffs yesterday morning on grounds that the land on which the school sat was leased off to a private investor.
Police cordoned off the school site in Kisenyi, Mengo in Kampala at 5:00 a.m. and ordered all present individuals to vacate the premises and remove their belongings.
This comes just a few days to the opening of the school term. Schools will re-open on February 2nd across the country after a two months end of year holiday.
The development comes as a huge blow to all efforts by the Ministry of education and KCCA to save the school.
Early this month, the ministry of education blocked an attempt to demolish the school on grounds that the investor did not have a valid court order and that his lease on the said land was questionable.
Initial information indicated that the land was bought by a local firm, Boost Investment from Uganda Land Commission in 2010.
But Buganda Land Board on the other hand had claimed that the land in question belongs to them and Uganda Land Commission has no authority to sell the land.
In an earlier interview, Patrick Emmanuel Muinda, the Assistant Commissioner for Communications and Information Management in the Ministry of Education revealed that the ministry has been exploring available options to protect the future of the schools and its pupils.
Muinda says the ministry had proposed to offer alternative land to the investors so that they can leave the school to operate at its current location.
Muinda says the second option is relocating the school to Nabutiti, where Buganda land board has offered a piece of land to host it.