Plans by Mbale public library to have a new home have suffered a setback after its proposed site was fenced off over the weekend by a private developer.
A private developer has fenced off a piece of land that had been put aside for the relocation of Mbale public library.
The management of the Public Library had secured a plot of land in the former Mbale Uhuru Park to construct a multi-million shillings complex to house a library and an information and communication center.
But over the weekend a yet to be identified private developer fenced off the land raising fears that the land could have been illegally sold off to a private developer.
The officials at Mbale Municipal Council have described the move as illegal and promised to recover the land. Mtwalib Zandia, the Mayor of Mbale Municipal Council is pointing accusing fingers at Uganda Land Commission. Mtwalib suspects that some unscrupulous people could have connived with officials from Uganda Land Commission to sell off the land.
Mtwalib has however vowed to recover the land and hand it back to the library.
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Gideon Kintu, the Librarian says they have already secured funds from the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development to construct the library. He says other donors including the American government are interested in funding the construction.
He says it will be an opportunity for Mbale Public Library which has lived on rented premises since the 1950s.
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