In an assessment meeting with parents of Kampala Parents School, a primary school based in Naguru, renowned businessman Sudhir Ruparelia, the owner of the school, said the school is focused on maintaining and improving on its performance and is not being swayed by malicious rumors on social media platforms that the school is going to close.
Unverified news on different social media suggested that Sudhir Ruparelia, whose bank, Crane Bank, was sold to dfcu after Bank of Uganda took it over last year, was selling the school due to financial hardships. The businessman in the same meeting told parents that “social media doesn’t run the school” and asked them to only trust “formal memos” from school management.
The businessman who owns Kampala Parents School, Delhi International Public School, Kampala International School and Victoria University Kampala explained that the primary school is managed independently and is in sound health. He asked parents to stop listening and fueling rumors.
“It will go on for many years to come; parents should not be alarmed,” the businessman assured parents whose were concerned that the school is closing at a time when the first term of the year was just commencing. The businessman assured parents that everything is being done to maintain and improve the school academic performance.
How Sudhir acquired Kampala Parents School
Kampala Parents School was the first private school in Uganda according to KasoleBwerere the man who started the school on Namirembe road, Old Kampala. Bwerere started the school in 1975 during the tumultuous days of President Idi Amin. He many years later sold the now prospering and famous school to Sudhir Ruparelia in 2004.
The manner in which Sudhir Ruparelia acquired the school has been questioned over the years with many people suggesting that Ruparelia grabbed the vibrant school when Bwerere failed to pay a loan he had acquired in Crane Bank.
But Bwerere in an interview with EagleOnline explains that it was a mutual transaction for which he was paid fully and in cash. He denied ever talking to journalists or anybody complaining that Sudhir Ruparelia stole or grabbed his school. He says that he was a willing seller to a willing buyer.
“I went out as a willing seller and Mr. Sudhir (Ruparelia) came out as a willing buyer. Among the three possible buyers, Sudhir had the best offer. He was to pay all the money at once unlike the other two who wanted to complete payment after years; possibly from the fees from my pupils. We sat down (myself and Sudhir) and agreed on terms. He paid me cash… cash down. So all these saying that Sudhir grabbed my school I just don’t have any idea of where they are getting that from.
I never had any loan with Sudhir nor did I own any account in his bank at the time. I only got to know Sudhir through Kasagga who brought him to me as a buyer of the school and he fully paid me. Unfortunately the key witness (the late Zzimwe) is no longer around. However, his friends; Kirumira (Godffrey), Mudunga is close friends are all aware. I don’t demand anything from him. In fact he saved me because I had loans that I had failed to pay the loans.” Bwerere said clearing the air surrounding the transaction.