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Moroto In Controversy Over Land Sale to BMK

The ten-acre piece of land at the heart of contention is located in Naitakwae along Moroto- Soroti road in Nadunget Sub County. Councillors claim they were sidelined and were only surprised to learn that money had been paid for the said land. Joseph Otita, the Secretary for production says council cant endorse receipt of the 93 million shillings since they do not know where it is.
The land in contention currently housing a Chinese firm constructing the Moroto- Soroti road.

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Moroto district local government is in a fix after a controversial land transaction with BMK Company Limited.

 

The ten-acre piece of land at the heart of contention is located in Naitakwae along Moroto- Soroti road in Nadunget Sub County.

 

The district council sitting this week hit a snag, for the second time, when the land issue came up for discussion. According to members of the previous Council, the chief administrative officer then, Robert Mulondo, presented the land request for two companies which include Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and BMK.

 

The two organisations wanted to construct regional offices and shopping mall respectively. The matter was referred to the district executive committee of council for discussion where a resolution was arrived at to give the land to BMK.

 

But after the resolution, councillors claim they were sidelined and were only surprised to learn that money had been paid for the said land. Joseph Otita, the Secretary for production says council can't endorse receipt of the 93 million shillings since they do not know where it is.

 

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Andrew Keem Napaja, the district chairperson of Moroto wants the matter to be investigated since all the parties involved were blaming each other. He notes the handover report submitted to him by the former CAO, Robert Mulondo, has scanty information. The transaction is at the centre of the contention.

 

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The former district chairperson Moroto, Mark Aol Musooka, acknowledges that BMK fulfilled required procedures for accessing the land after making a formal request. He says consideration was given to the business entity since UNRA had some land they could develop. Musooka however denies knowledge of transactions. "By the time I left office, no money had been paid to Moroto district central account," Musooka told URN.

 

While the former CAO confirms receipt of the 93 million shillings to the district account, the new CAO, Martin Jacan Gwokto denies knowledge of the transaction.  “I have been here since July last year but I have not seen a cheque or record of payment by BMK to the district account. I am only hearing about BMK buying the land. We are seeking guidance from the Solicitor General on this matter,” CAO Gwokto said in an interview.

 

Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige of BMK says he has a land title for the land to sort out all the mess.  He, however, didn't clarify when asked whether the money was paid to the district account or to an individual. "I have my title and that's a legal document. I paid cash, please go and ask the people there," Kibirige said on phone.

 

The land in contention is currently housing a Chinese construction company tarmacking the Soroti-Moroto road. 

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