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Kalangala Town Council Employees Illegally Sell off Land to Private Developer

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Investigations by the Town council Chairperson, Steven Kizza show that the former Town Clerk, Jude Mark Bukenya, former Physical Planner, Moses Ssentamu, District Surveyor, John Ssendi and a host of other officials illegally sold off 30 acres of land in the central business district to Kalangala Infrastructure Services without approval by the town council.
Part of the Land being being contested.
Details have emerged showing how Kalangala town council employees illegally sold off a lease hold title of 30 acres of land belonging to the district to Kalangala Infrastructure Services-KIS, a private developer. The documents are part of the evidence in the ongoing investigations by Kalangala Town Council Chairperson, Steven Kizza in a bid to reclaim lost properties.    

The town council has lost several pieces of land to private developers in Lutoboka bay, Mwena, Ssozi and Central Business district over the past seven years. Investigations by the Town council Chairperson, Steven Kizza show that the former Town Clerk, Jude Mark Bukenya, former Physical Planner, Moses Ssentamu, District Surveyor, John Ssendi and a host of other officials illegally sold off 30 acres of land in the central business district to Kalangala Infrastructure Services without approval by the town council.    

Both Kalangala Infrastructure Services and Kalangala town council were awarded lease hold titles for different plots of land by the District Land board. The power generating company needed more than 12 acres that were awarded to them. However, they decided to buy off 18 acres that were awarded to Kalangala town council, which they acquired with the help of some town council officials.  

“The land was unscrupulously sold by former staffs at the town council to a tune of Shillings 70 million. It remained undocumented and the town council didn’t benefit. This is gross mismanagement of public property and punishable by law,” said Kizza.

    He now wants the Inspectorate of Government to investigate the illegal land sale in disregard of the laid down procedures. Joseph Mulindwa, the Spokesperson Kalangala Infrastructure Services told URN in a telephone interview that the company isn’t aware of such investigations and that the land belonging to the company was legally acquired by management.

Last Month, John Opondo, the Managing Director Kalangala Infrastructure Services wrote notifying the town council chairperson their plan to remove all trees planted by encroachers on the contested piece of land for the construction of a Solar – Thermal power plant in the area.  

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