a former mayoral candidate has sued Kabale Municipality for selling off its
yard on Plot 11-17 along Mbarara road. The municipal yard was reportedly sold
off to prominent businessman, Cephas Birungi Kagyenda at Shillings 1 billion.
The yard used
to host a health Centre II, store, works and education offices. Last
month, Birungi issued an eviction notice to Kabale municipality from the yard
to pave way for redevelopment. The
Municipality started relocating its property to Mwanjari in Southern and
Central division offices.
This has since created a feud between the municipal
and central division authorities. They have blocked the health center from
operating in the division premises. They accused
the municipality of selling off the yard without finding an alternative
space to host the health center. This has prompted Wilson Mbabazi to
challenge the sale of the yard.
Through his lawyers M/S Bemanyisa & Company
Advocates, Mbabazi argues that the municipality duped the public that the yard
was leased to the businessman for 40 years yet it was completely sold
off. In his civil
suit number 009 of 2020, Mbabazi also argues that the Municipality
neither advertised nor followed the guidelines for disposing off public
He also says that there was no reason for selling off the yard
since Kabale Municipality is in the process of being elevated to a city. He wants court to declare the sale of the yard null and
void. Kabale High Court Registrar Didas Muhumuza says he has already summoned Kabale Municipality
and Birungyi to file their defense before the end this month.
to our reporter, the Mayor Kabale Municipality, Emmanuel Sentaro
Byamugisha, said they are yet to receive the court summon. He however, insisted
that they leased the yard under proper procedures.