BY ALEX TAREMWA
The Facilities and Capital Projects Directorate has demarcated boundaries between the UCU Kampala campus and the official residence of the Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom locally known as the Butikkiro.
According to Abel Kaahwa, the Director Facilities and Capital Projects, this move is in response to a request by the Kingdom authorities who wanted to preserve the structures as agreed in the agreement that led to the acquisition of the campus home.
“There are three structures there, one is the Namulondo, that shelters the royal drums, the Katikkiro’s residence and the canteen/kitchen section. They are keeping the main gate too and a new gate is going to be opened next week on the Eastern side of the Kabaka Anjagala Road fully funded by the Buganda Kingdom,” Kaahwa told The Standard .
This new development has however been received with mixed emotions at the campus with some students describing it as a ‘Berlin Wall’ and a limitation to their discussion space considering that they are already experiencing a class room shortage.
A source that preferred anonymity revealed to The Standard that the wall is a result of “trespassing, spoiling the flowers and the greenery of the Katikkiro’s compound.” This created complaints from Namulondo Investments, the managers of Buganda Kingdom property about the interference from the university community hence the wall.
Kaahwa however refuted these claims saying that drawing boundaries was part of the initial agreement, adding that the facilities will still be open-access to students.
“The only mistake we did was not to inform the students about these developments but know that eventually we shall have to leave these premises to our permanent home. These inconveniences come with settling in,” he admitted.
It should be noted that of the 5 acre estate, UCU acquired 3.5 on a renewable 5 year lease.