According to an earlier released plan, Bank of Uganda intends to use the land to expand its currency center and construct a training center adjacent to its current premises in Jinja. In turn, it would construct an administrative block for Jinja district in Buwenge.
The Jinja district executive committee approved the allocation of the prime plot in June 2013 drawing controversy from area politicians who argued that the move had never been ratified by the council.
The councilors also argued that the proposed allocation flouted Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets regulations as it was not subject to a competitive bidding process.
According to an earlier released plan, Bank of Uganda intends to use the land to expand its currency centre and construct a training centre adjacent to its current premises in Jinja. In turn, it would construct an administrative block for Jinja district in Buwenge.
But Christine Abuze, the LC V councilor of Jinja Municipality East sought the intervention of the IGG saying the proposal was neither tabled in council nor were the electorate consulted.
However, in a 200 page report signed by the deputy inspector of government Mariam Wangadya, the IGG ruled that all the investigations indicated that the district council followed the rightful procedure on disposing off land.
Jinja District chairman, Fred Ngobi Gume welcomes the decision and says the transaction would enable the district get descent office space elsewhere and also lead to the creation of employment opportunities through the expanded currency centre.
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Gume has also directed the Jinja Chief Administrative Officer Oliver Hope Nakyanzi to write to bank of Uganda to effect payments and speed up the construction of Jinja district headquarters.
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The lead petitioner, councilor Abuze says intends to appeal to other authorities.