Richard Masaba, the Mayor Mbale Municipality has been acquitted of corruption charges. He was today acquitted of the corruption charges by Cissy Mudasi, the Mbale Chief magistrate.
In 2007, Faith Mwondha the former Inspector General of Government ordered for the arrest and prosecution of Masaba on allegations of selling a fictitious piece of land to a local pastor.
Masaba was accused of selling a plot of land which is part of the government nursery bed in Mbale to Pastor John Wandera of Christian Fellowship Ministry at shillings 18 million.
The IGG arrested and later interdicted Masaba over the charges. The case dragged on from 2007 to today when the ruling was made. In her ruling, Mudasi said that prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Masaba sold the land to pastor Wandera.
Mudasi said that neither Masaba nor his son who is alleged to have sold the land appended signatures on the land sale documents. She explained in her ruling that the land was sold by a fictitious person.
Supporters of mayor Masaba who were in court jumped up and cheered as the ruling was being read. Masaba however kept on nodding seemingly in approval as the ruling was being read. He later declined to give a comment.
His supporters later gathered at a bar on Republic Street to celebrate his court victory.