In January last year, George Mwanika, the former Nakaloke town council NRM chairperson protested the sale of the land. He petitioned the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit on January 13th, 2020 complaining about the fraudulent sale of public citing the Town Council
The Local Government Minister, Rapheal Magyezi has intervened in the dispute surrounding the sale of the land belonging to the former Nakaloke town council in Mbale’s Northern City Division. The land
measuring around 20 acres was allegedly sold to private developers.
Part of the land hosted the former town
council headquarters, the football pitch, police station and three boreholes. Alon Mulyanyuma, the then town clerk of
Nakaloke town council is accused of conniving with some councillors to sell the land Ismail Mukakandi, the Worker’s
representative at Mbale City council.
Mukakandi is also the Mbale City Works Secretary. Last week, there was a fierce exchange
between the Mbale City Resident Commissioner, Ahamada Washaki and Mukakandi. It
also started when Washaki received complaints from residents about the
developments on the land.
Now, the Local Governments Minister,
Raphael Magyezi has intervened in the matter to establish the circumstances under, which the public land was disposed of. He held a
closed-door meeting with Mbale district and City officials over the matter.
He told journalists after the meeting
that he had paid a courtesy call to the
officials to establish how the city and district will share assets and found
the dispute over the sale of Nakaloke land. He promised to convene a meeting on October 29th, 2021 with leaders and other stakeholders pertaining to the land dispute.
He warned local leaders
against selling government land, saying this lies within the mandate of parliament.
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In January last year, George Mwanika,
the former Nakaloke town council NRM chairperson protested the sale of the
land. He petitioned the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit on January 13th,
2020 complaining about the fraudulent sale of public citing the Town Council Headquarters
and Police land.
He accused the political
and technical leadership of the town council of conniving to sell off the land
to the business community with influence from the district leaders.
“This was witnessed by the division and
allocation of land located at the former youth hall that leaves the youth with
no other recreation center.
Land adjacent to the football pitch, the Police station land, which has ongoing construction works and land
in front of and besides the town council headquarters,” read the letter in part.
On January 28th,
2020, the then Mbale Resident District Commissioner, Sulaiman Barasa Ogajjo wrote to the then town
clerk of Nakaloke Town Council directing him to stop the illegal sale and giveaway of land within the
“My office has received several complaints about the rampant and illegal sale of council properties such as buildings, plots,
playgrounds and others without going through normal procedures. There is an element of demolishing the council
structures and allocation of plots mostly to the leaders quietly. The community
has complained and even informed the
Anti-Corruption Unit. This is therefore to bring to your attention that this
must stop with immediate effect and proper legal procedures followed,” reads
letter which Uganda Radio Network - URN has seen.
On June 8th June 2020, the Local
Government Ministry halted the disposal
of government properties because of the increasing disposal of government properties. The ministry indicated that the disposal of land can only be approved by
parliament in line with
section 34(6) of the Public Financial Management Act 2015.
Early this year, Loyce Nambozo, the former Mbale Chief Administrative Officer also halted any
construction on the land citing an
ongoing court case. However, the
developer ignored the directives and continued with their developments.
Last week, the Mbale City Resident
Commissioner, Ahamada Washaki also
halted all activities on the land until the matter is resolved. He accused the former town
clerk and councillors of
illegally disposing of the land.
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However, Mukankadi insists that he legally acquired the land,
which advertised. He says those accusing him of acquiring the land fraudulently
should begin with the Mbale district leadership.
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Mulyanyuma has also dismissed the accusations levelled against
him, saying that they are baseless and only aimed at tarnishing his
is no sale of land there, it has only been leased at 70,000shs to those who
applied. I don’t want you the media to be used to tarnish my name, which I have worked for," he told URN on
phone last year when contacted over the matters.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.