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Masaka City Executive Faces Probe Over Irregular Giveaway Of Public Assets

Abed Bwanika, the Kimanya-Kabonera Member of parliament and Chairperson of the City Roads Committee has expressed suspicions regarding unethical conduct by certain members of the city's leadership.
15 Aug 2023 08:14
Masaka City Woman MP Juliet Kakande (C) DR Abed Bwanika and other leaders that are demanding investigation of Masaka City Leaders over irregular giveaway of Public Assets

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The Masaka City Executive Committee is facing a probe for its alleged involvement in facilitating the irregular takeover of public assets. The area legislators have jointly petitioned the Inspectorate of Government (IG) and the Parliament Public Accounts on Local Governments, urging for a special inquiry into the allocation and transfer of public properties to private claimants.   

Abed Bwanika, the Kimanya-Kabonera Member of parliament and Chairperson of the City Roads Committee has expressed suspicions regarding unethical conduct by certain members of the city's leadership. He accuses them of colluding to enable the improper acquisition of public land. The trigger for this investigation was the disputed takeover of the Masaka City Children’s Park on plots 64-74 Elgin Road. 

A private investor reportedly fenced off the park, claiming ownership with intentions of developing the land for personal use. Florence Namayanja, the Mayor of Masaka City, states that her office received an application from Sylvia Naggujja, who was granted permission to construct the contested land after presenting a certificate of ownership acquired from the previous city administration. 

However, Bwanika alleges that despite repeated attempts to engage with the Mayor, they decided to prevent the takeover of the land due to its dubious acquisition. He questions why the claimant was allowed to fence off the property at night. Bwanika asserts that several other public properties have been lost, and even more are targeted. 

He expresses concern that the leadership has chosen to align with claimants, some of whom possess fraudulent land titles. He suspects that the City Executive Committee is involved in fraud and the loss of public properties.

//Cue in: “People are fraudulently…..        

Cue in: ….lead this city.”//  

 

Luganda  

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Cue out: ….emitendera emituufu.”//      

In addition to the investigation, the MPs are demanding that the City Town Clerk provide records indicating the authorization for the sale of the property and details about the transaction's financial aspects. Juliet Kakande, the Masaka City Woman MP, accuses some members of the City Executive Committee of deviating from their electoral promises and pursuing personal interests. 

She claims that public spaces with expiring leases are being covertly sold to private individuals instead of renewing the leases. 

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Cue out:….united in corruption.”//   

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Cue out: ….tebigenda bwebityo.”//   

Stephen Lukyamuzi, the Kimanya-Kabonera Division Chairperson, supports the call for thorough investigations and highlights the need to restore order in the city. 

However, Mayor Florence Namayanja responds by criticizing the petitioners, suggesting that their accusations are baseless and driven by envy. 

She clarifies that the properties in question were sold by her predecessors, and her role now is to collaborate with the new owners for the city's infrastructure development. 

//Cue in: “Newunya ababaka….  

Cue out:…..ssi kirungi,’//        

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