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Save Us from Asbestos – Kigezi College Urges Government

The administrators at Kigezi College Butobere in Kabale are appealing to government to help revamp the school structures that are dilapidated and still have the condemned asbestos iron sheets.

The school, which is known informally as, Siniya, was one of eight Secondary schools that were selected and set up in 1958 by the colonial government to train young men who would eventually take over the leadership in civil and political leadership, upon the independence of Uganda.

The school structures have not seen much renovation and still have asbestos roofs which have been flagged internationally as a human
carcinogen, (a substance that causes cancer).

On 20th February 2013, Parliament ordered government to phase out the use of Asbestos sheets as roofing materials in all schools and
technical colleges to avert the health and safety hazards associated with its usage.

John Robert Osuu, the Head Teacher Kigezi College Butobere says almost all of the structures are dilapidated including the administration block and dormitories and that the school drainage systems are blocked.

He says at least Shs 600 million is needed for a general overhaul.

During the school’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on 17th February 2018, President Yoweri Museveni pledged 50 million to support renovation.

The head teacher says, however, that this money has never arrived.

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Evelyn Kikafunda a member on the school’s board said Monday that while they are aware of the danger they are facing; they cannot vacate the structures due to lack of alternative space.

The school, which currently has an enrolment of 350 students has educated several prominent people who have served in high offices of government, including former Prime Minister Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, Governor Bank of Uganda Prof. Tumusiime Mutebile, Prof Kagonyera Mondo, Lt. Gen.  Henry Tumukunde, VOA journalist Dr. Shaka Ssali, several MPs among others.

Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale Municipality Mayor says they have already received 118 million shillings from the central Government for replacement of the asbestos’s iron sheets and that this money is on the municipal account.

 

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