The committee chaired by the Kimanya-Kabonera Division Member of Parliament Abed Bwanika learnt that the city has under unclear circumstances lost a lot of its properties that including land in green spaces and road reserves.
The Roads Committee of Masaka City has called for a special
inquiry into the management and allocation of public properties in the area.
The inquiry was mooted during a city roads committee meeting that
was convened to review expenditure reports and consider priority projects to be
executed under the Uganda Road Fund program in the next financial year.
The committee chaired by the Kimanya-Kabonera Division Member of Parliament
Abed Bwanika learnt that the city has under unclear circumstances lost a lot of
its properties that including land in green spaces and road reserves.
Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor indicates that besides
the irregular allocation of plots in road reserves and greenbelts, she can
hardly locate the certificates of titles for all public properties in the city. She
explains that while taking over office from his predecessor in April this year,
she never received an inventory of the city properties which raises a lot of
suspicions about how many properties are remaining and their safety.
She says that they are currently faced with challenges of people
coming up to claim ownership over many public assets in the city, whose mode of
acquisition and transfer is however questionable.
According to Namayanja, the irregular transactions are affecting
both the fixed and movable properties, citing motor vehicles whose whereabouts
Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, the MP for Nyendo-Mukungwe Division, also
Leader of Opposition in Parliament, says that it is high time thorough
investigations into all transactions on public properties in the area is
He demands that the office of the City Clerk provides a clear
inventory of all public properties in the area and their current status, to
enable the committee to trace backward for them and take appropriate actions
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Stephen Asiimwe, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner notes that
there has been a lot of cover-up by the local technocrats about the affairs of
the city, which has left room for irregularities.
He says the inquiry will help them identify all the properties
that were illegally acquired and have them recovered, and to hold the culprits
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Emmanuel Gakyalo, the Assistant Masaka City Clerk says that some
of the irregularities were committed during the past leadership of the Municipality.
He however indicates that they have notified the Ministry of Lands
and Urban Deployment about the irregular land allocations and requested that
the transactions and allocations be reversed.
Meanwhile, the committee also resolved to formally engage the line
ministries of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, and Local Government to
interest themselves in the concerns and call the errant technocrats to order.