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IGG Commences Investigations in Masaka City Land Giveaway :: Uganda Radionetwork
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IGG Commences Investigations in Masaka City Land Giveaway

The investigation comes a week, after a bitter fallout between the City Mayor Florence Namanyaja and area Members of Parliament who resisted the takeover of the Masaka Children Park by a private developer.

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The Inspector General of Government-IGG has commenced investigations into the giveaway of public properties in Masaka City Council.

The investigation comes a week, after a bitter fallout between the City Mayor Florence Namanyaja and area Members of Parliament who resisted the takeover of the Masaka Children Park by a private developer.

According to a letter addressed to the City leadership, the IGG indicates that it has received reports about the erroneous sale and allocation of a number of public properties in Masaka city, hence prompting an investigation into the allegations. 

Besides the Children Park land which was recently fenced off, the Park, IGG has instructed the City leaders to provide details about the status of the Taxi and Lorry parks, Masaka Recreation Grounds, the proposed site of the city headquarters, and all the greenspaces whose ownership is currently under dispute.

Richard Mugisha, the Masaka City Deputy Town Clerk confirms that they received the letter and they are preparing for a meeting with the investigations team.

He indicates that they have also been receiving private people claiming ownership of several public assets in the area, saying the investigation is going to help to unearth the circumstances under which the properties were allocated and probably recover them. 

Namayanja has welcomed the investigations, indicating that it will save the accusations that are being labeled against her leadership as collaborators in the unscrupulous loss of the properties. 

She prefers that the IGG conduct a broader audit of all the City properties, arguing that their leadership did not find a proper inventory which put many public assets at great risk of being grabbed.

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Zaharaha Nalubyayi, the City Female Council representing the Kimanya-Kabonera division also prefers that the investigations focus on past transactions. She alleged that some of the suspicious transactions were made by the previous leaders of the former Masaka Municipal Council.

According to Nalubyayi, several public properties have overlapping land titles, even when the City council still has running leases on the same assets.

According to the provisional assets inventory for Masaka City Council, the original certificates of ownership for at least 35 known assets that include pieces of land and buildings in the area cannot traced anywhere in the city registry.   

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