THE FORMER owner of Kampala Parents School Mr. Edward Kasole has finally spoken out on why, how he sold the prestigious school to top business man Sudhir Ruparelia.
This comes at a time when word had been going around that Sudhir grabbed the school from Kasole after he defaulted on a loan.
Speaking to the media Kasole has laughed the loan defaulting idea insisting Sudhir bought the school through cash.
Kasole said: “I went out as a willing seller and I found a willing buyer. We sat and negotiated and we agreed and the man paid me fully and I walked away. I think they are based on two, three factors. One, parents in Kampala loved Kasole very much. They could not believe that I was to leave. My relationship with Mr Sudhir is excellent. I love him very much. I like him. He is a good man. He paid me my money. Fully.”
Kasole insisted he has no issues with Sudhir, whom he described as a good man. “You see. I don’t have any issue at all. Because I went out looking for a willing buyer and he bought the school. And that’s why, for your information, maybe you didn’t know, after I had sold the school, Mr Sudhir requested me to stay behind as an advisor. On request. And I stayed for a year. And he wanted to renew my contract and I said, ‘no’. I have trained you.’”
Kasole further told us: “He said stay behind and you train me. And for the whole year afterselling the school, when holding parents’ meetings, I used to be the chairman. Mr Sudhir used to sit in a certain corner. And I was only introducing him as the next owner of the school. For a whole year.
And I said, bye, bye. He had wanted to give me a contract and I said, ‘no, no, I am going.’ I did not even have an account in Crane Bank. I didn’t have. Not even a savings account in Crane Bank. Never.
I had not even met him before. It’s only the late Mr Kassaga Zzimwe, because he was apparent in my school, I am the one who inspired, I am selling the school. Then we all went out to look for buyers.
Then we came with Mr Sudhir. We sat and agreed and he paid me cash and I walked away.
They have good reasons because there is a difference between Sudhir and Kasole. For example, I used to arrive at my school, KPS, at 6:30am, January to December for 23 consecutive years. Does he go there? Parents were used to use their looks for someone they know. I was shaking the hands of every child; looking at every child’s handkerchief. And shoes. And greeting parents who brought the children. Those differences are still ringing in parents’ heads.