Mbale City has in the past struggled to collect local revenue. In the previous financial year, the council suffered a shortfall of more than two billion Shillings in local revenue collections. It collected 900 million shillings out of a projected 3.5 billion Shillings.
The land measuring over 40 acres was allegedly sold to private developers. The is part of land hosting the town council headquarters, the magistrate's court, the football pitch, the Youth Center among others.