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Museveni Donation Splits Wobulenzi Town Council Leaders

The money was donated after a petition, by the LC 3 Chairperson Sebastian Ssebaggala, for financial support towards the development of sporting grounds. Upon receipt, Ssebaggala and Town Clerk Irene Nakamatte purchased 3.5 acres of land in Kikoma zone, with a down payment of Shs 40 million.

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A row has erupted between the LC 3 Chairperson, Town Clerk and Councilors in Wobulenzi Town Council over the use of Shs60 Million donated by President Yoweri Museveni.

The money was donated after a petition, by the LC 3 Chairperson Sebastian Ssebaggala, for financial support towards the development of sporting grounds.  Upon receipt, Ssebaggala and Town Clerk Irene Nakamatte purchased 3.5 acres of land in Kikoma zone,  with a down payment of Shs 40 million.

However while they await the land titles and clearance of the Shs 20 million balance on the purchase, a section of councilors led by Speaker Abbey Ssozi are contesting the acquisition saying the land was bought in a wetland, yet there is no document to prove that there was an assessment by the National Environment Management Authority to sanction the development.

Abbey Ssozi, the Wobulenzi Town Council Speaker adds that same amount of money could be used to buy five acres of land in a convenient place if the purchase was not done hurriedly, without consultation.

Zacharia Balyejjusa, the Wobulenzi East Parish Councilor and Ronald Ssekayombya the Parish Councilor for Wobulenzi West fear that the money would be wasted if the purchase is challenged by NEMA.

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But Sebastian Ssebaggala and a number of other councilors accuse the speaker of fighting the land transaction because the Office of the Town Clerk declined to honor his personal demands in the deal. Ssebaggala says that councilors fighting the project are basing on political differences.

Youth Councilor Francis Kiwanuka explains that he has obtained information that Speaker Abbey Ssozi asked for Shs 1million for himself and another Shs150, 000 for each of the councilors to endorse the transaction.

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Irene Nakamatte, the Wobulenzi Town Clerk says that the land in question is not gazetted as a wetland. She adds that her office has invited the councilors to visit it but they declined on flimsy grounds. Nakamatte and Ssebaggala insist that they will go ahead to develop the land.

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