Court Summons BoU Deputy Governor over Masaka Golf Course Land

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In short
Bank of Uganda acquired two acres of the said land over 10 years ago, to construct a Currency Centre in Masaka. But area leaders together with the Golf Union are opposed to the acquisition and are accusing the Central Bank of encroaching on the land, located between Tropic Inn Hotel, Golf Lane Hotel and DFCU Bank in Masaka.

Masaka magistrate Court has issued criminal summons for Louis Kasekende, the Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda over his alleged involvement in encroachment on Masaka Golf Course land.

Bank of Uganda acquired two acres of the said land over 10 years ago, to construct a Currency Centre in Masaka. But area leaders together with the Golf Union are opposed to the acquisition and are accusing the Central Bank of encroaching on the land, located between Tropic Inn Hotel, Golf Lane Hotel and DFCU Bank in Masaka.

Early this week, South Buganda Anti-Corruption Organisation dragged Louis Kasekende to court contending that Bank of Uganda did not follow proper procedures before acquiring the land in question. They accuse Kasekende of corruption and disregarding procurement guidelines.

Former Masaka Mayor Charles Kasibante Kibabilire, who is now the Deputy Executive Director of South Buganda Anti-Corruption Organisation, accuses Kasekende of colluding to commit corruption during procurement of the land in question. He further demands that construction of the multi-billion Currency Centre, be suspended.

Court has therefore ordered Kasekende to appear in court on January 19 to defend himself.

However, this court case against Kasekende has angered Masaka municipality leaders led by Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor who accuses Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka LCV Chairman of meddling in the municipality affairs.

Kayemba says all proper procedures were followed during the transaction and that the municipality stands to lose out if the project is suspended.

Paul Muwanga, a Golfer from Masaka says he personally approached Louis Kasekende to take the project to Masaka because the Golf Course land was idle. Muwanga, the former Indoor Captain of Golf Club in Masaka explains that the allocation of just two acres cannot affect the entire Golf Course land.
 
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In a press release this week, Bank of Uganda clarified that the land on which the currency centre is being constructed was acquired in a proper manner.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.