The lost assets include among others; the Mayor’s Gardens, the Children’s Park, Masaka Bus Park, Masaka Public Library and Women’s Resource Center, Kkumbu forest reserve, Transit Parking yard at Kyabakuza, Old Kkumbu estates, Masaka golf course, Bwala public play grounds, Masaka Recreation grounds, the Municipality town yard and several green belt spaces and plots within the central business area.
interim leadership of Masaka city is facing a big task to account for all public
assets that were allocated to private individuals in the area.
The town has lost much of its public assets and pieces of
land to private individuals. This has presented the new city administration
with a difficult challenge of finding space for its proposed
lost assets include among others; the Mayor’s Gardens, the Children’s Park,
Masaka Bus Park, Masaka Public Library and Women’s Resource Center, Kkumbu
forest reserve, Transit Parking yard at Kyabakuza and Old Kkumbu estates.
Others are Masaka
golf course, Bwala public playgrounds, Masaka Recreation grounds, the
Municipality town yard and several green belt spaces and plots within the
central business area.
Florence Namayanja, the Member of Parliament for Bukoto East says that she has started a campaign
to demand accountability of all public properties that were under the
management of Masaka Municipal council.
says despite acquiring the long-awaited city status, Masaka may fail to expand
its physical infrastructures due to lack of public land.
now wants the Ministry of Local Government to compel the outgoing Masaka
municipality leadership to present a clear register of all public assets in the
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Namayanja explains that even at the inauguration of Masaka City on July 1st,
the leaders could hardly find an ample space where they could place
memorial souvenirs for the new status. She has challenged the city interim
leadership to work towards reorganizing the town’s current physical outlook for
purposes of making the attractive to descent.
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Mpuuga, the MP for Masaka Municipality wants the Ministry of Local Government
to take a keen interest in the operations of the interim city leaders to avert further
loss of public assets in the area.
He casts doubt in the interim leaders of Masaka city who were
retained after the elevation from Municipal council, arguing that some of these
may take advantage of the circumstances to continue with the abuse of power if
they are not closely supervised by the authority.
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Kawuma, the Chairperson of Mukungwe sub-county; which was annexed to the Masaka
city indicates that much of land space in the incoming areas are privately
owned, and will require the city authority to purchase it at a higher cost if
they are to convert it for public use.
Godfrey Kayemba, the interim Mayor of Masaka city indicates that some of these
properties were lost under unavoidable circumstances. He explains that while some were grabbed, the
municipal council approved the sale of some to meet their budget obligations
and pay court awards in litigation matters against the municipality.