An official from the State House has said their former landlord at Okello House on plot 10A, Nehru Road,
in Nakasero, Alexander Okello lost his property after he was duped by some individuals.
Lucy Nakyobe, the State House Comptroller said this today while appearing before Parliaments
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over audit queries raised by the Auditor
General for financial year ending June 30th.
During the interface with
PAC, committee chairperson Nandala Mafabi says statehouse bought Okello House,
but questioned the manner in which it was bought. Standard Chartered Bank sold Okello’s House
at 10 billion shillings to State House in 2019 after he had failed to payoff a
loan of 25.5 billion he acquired to purchase Pioneer easy bus.
told the committee that although there was a caveat
against selling Okello house, the owner of the property Okello himself
approached President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni saying because
of the caveat on his house, he was not doing business and was stuck
rent from State House.
Accordingly, Nakyobe says the President asked them to remove
the caveat to allow Okello do business, and when Okello needed some money to
start up a business, some individuals in town duped him to use his land title
and acquire a loan from the bank by giving him only 300,000 US Dollars.
She says the bus business failed after Uganda Revenue Authority followed them up to pay taxes, and also Kampala Capital City
Authority couldn’t give them route charts and that’s how the buses were
She says when they failed to pay for the loan from Standard Chartered Bank,
these individuals and Okello couldn’t rescue the title.
Nakyobe says when the bank put up the building for sale,
they State House bought it.
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Committee chair Nandala Mafabi asked State House if Okello
was a good land lord and why State House did not rescue him, but bought his
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Nakyobe however says that they couldn’t save Okello because
Okello himself lifted the caveat on his house. On helping him recover the house,
Nakyobe says they have been rescuing Okello several times but this time it was
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House and Okello had often bickered over rent with Okello saying
Statehouse was not paying his rent. In a June 2015 report, the
Auditor General queried unpaid rent arrears totaling Uganda
billion, which State House had accrued by the time the audit, was
The landlord and tenant also bickered when Okello wanted to
charge rent in dollars.