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Masaka Municipal Council, Businessman Clash Over Building

During a council meeting chaired, the Masaka municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba Afayo says that they were surprised to receive a notice from lawyers, acting on behalf of a businessman Emanuel Lwasa Kawesi, instructing tenants to vacate the building within 90 days. Kayemba says that Lwasa once claimed to be a tenant at the building but he is surprised that he is claiming ownership of the building.
A vehicle parked near Masaka municipality library located on the disputed building

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A row has erupted between Masaka municipal council authorities and a businessman over ownership of a building.

The disputed building is located on plot 9 Edward Avenue in Masaka town was built in the early 1990s using funds given to council by a team of women leaders from Yellowknife City in Canada.

The disputed building currently houses Masaka Resource centre, municipal public library, a craft shop and restaurants.

During a council meeting chaired, the Masaka municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba Afayo says that they were surprised to receive a notice from lawyers, acting on behalf of a businessman Emanuel Lwasa Kawesi, instructing tenants to vacate the building within 90 days.

Kayemba says that Lwasa once claimed to be a tenant at the building but he is surprised that he is claiming ownership of the building.

He says that the custodian board which Lwasa claims allocated him the property did not follow the right procedures.

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Masaka Municipality Town clerk Paul Omoko says that they have written to the Solicitor General for legal advice.

He explains that if the custodian board wanted to allocate the building they could have given the citing tenant Masaka municipality a chance to buy the building instead of allocating it to a businessman.

According to Omoko, Masaka municipality has a running lease of 99 years.

However, Lwasa says that the building is in a poor state and he has already earmarked funds to construct a 7 storied building on the land where the resource centre is located.

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Irene Nanyunja, the coordinator of National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda (Nawou) says that they have all documents to prove ownership of land.