Fort Portal Mayor Petitions Local Government Minister Over Missing Land Titles

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Asaba adds that when Lwanga was handing over the office to his predecessor, Paul Omoko, the land titles were not included in the hand over report. The missing land titles are for the newly constructed Mpanga market, municipal land in Kyenjojo and Kagote housing estates.

Fort Portal Municipality Mayor Edison Asaba Ruyonga has petitioned the Ministry of Local Government over the loss of Municipal land tittles and mismanagement of council funds.

Last year, Asaba told the council that three land titles had gone missing, an act he blamed on Edward Lwanga, the former Municipal Town Clerk who was later transferred to Mpigi District.

Asaba adds that when Lwanga was handing over the office to his predecessor, Paul Omoko, the land titles were not included in the hand over report. The missing land titles are for the newly constructed Mpanga market, municipal land in Kyenjojo and Kagote housing estates.

In the letter dated March 8th 2015, addressed to Adolf Mwesige, the Minister for Local Government, Asaba notes that the municipal executive committee has written to Lwanga several times demanding for the land titles, but he is yet to respond.

Asaba wants the minister to prevail over Lwanga to explain the whereabouts of the titles. According to Asaba, the municipality plans to lease the land in Kyenjojo to the National Forest Authority (NFA), but the lease has been put on halt because of no land title. 

Asaba further states that Lwanga also failed to account for municipal funds as recommended by the Kabarole district public accounts committee. The funds totaling to Shs27million were meant for the three municipal divisions.

Following the loss of the titles, municipal councilors accused Asaba and his deputy Margaret Kihika for incompetence. They said that the two are supposed to supervise municipal works and property.

For the past two months, Fort Portal municipality has been engulfed in cases of financial impropriety.

Three municipal staffs were arrested for alleged involvement in the illegal sale of the municipal garbage truck and opening secret Bank accounts in United Bank of Africa (UBA), Fort Portal branch. They are Michael Karwani, the Municipal Commercial officer, Clovis Mugasa, the town agent East division and Raymond Tusiime, the South Division Treasurer.