Kyegegwa Town Council has failed to improve on service delivery after
their bank accounts were frozen.
This arises from 2005 when Jotham Bagyenda claimed to have bought
Kyegegwa Playground from Kyegegwa Sub County at 10 Million Shillings. The Sub
County then was still under Kyenjojo district.
In 2008, the Auditor General’s report indicated that
there was no proof that Bagyenda had bought the land since the receipt he had
was not bearing a receipt number from the Sub County receipt books.
The report instructed the district leaders to fence off the area since there
was no sale agreement, details of who Bagyenda had dealt with, or any other
proof that Kyegegwa Sub County had sold the land.
However, Bagyenda reportedly went into negotiations with the Kyegegwa Sub
County leaders intending to take back the land but the negotiations did not
yield results and he sought redress from the court.
In 2009, Kyegegwa district was carved out of Kyenjojo district and from 2011 to
2015, the two parties were in court until they were advised to get a government
valuer to assess the land and the complainant gets back 75 percent of the
According to the Kyegegwa Town Council Mayor, Benjamin Byansi, the Ministry of
Lands first sent a valuer in 2016 who said the land was worth 70 Million Shillings
but Bagyenda rejected the value on grounds that the percentage refundable to
him would be too little.
In the same year, another valuer from the lands ministry valued the land at
208 Million Shillings. But that time, it is Kyegegwa town council which had
been carved out of Kyegegwa Sub County, that rejected the amount, saying the
percentage to give the complainant would be too high.
In 2017, the ministry sent the third valuer who indicated that
the land was worth 125 Million Shillings. Before the two parties would agree, Byansi
says that Ministry of Lands issued a statement saying that actually, the same
land on block 60 belongs to Tooro Kingdom and the cultural institution should
be involved in all the transactions.
According to Byansi, Tooro Kingdom Lands Minister, Polly Kateeba in 2018
asked them not to tamper with the kingdom land or compensate anyone.
In January, Bagyenda petitioned the High Court in Fort Portal and
a garnishee order was issued against the administrative unit’s Centenary Bank
A garnishee order is a directive by the court to allow creditors to
recover debt from a third party. The order can be carried out by taking money
from the debtor’s bank account or one’s salary.
Since then delivery of services has stalled since money from the Central Government
and the district amounting to over 200 Million Shillings remains frozen on the
The town council is now full of heaps of garbage dumped along the
roadsides and in markets. Several roads including Kicumbi-Buhunga, Ngunga –
Kanyarukoma, Nyansoro, Katente and others are in a poor state.
For instance, Nyamuhani-Musomba road that measures about 5 kilometres
has not been repaired for the last two years. It is now full of potholes, its
surface is very slippery and running water created deep gullies in it.
Residents say that Hapuuyo-Kijuma, Karumaima and Kakabara-Gasani roads also
become impassable during the rainy seasons but the leaders have always ignored
calls to have them repaired.
Byansi says that they do not have any option because they cannot
withdraw money from their account other than wait for the court to give a ruling on Wednesday next week.