Fort Portal Municipal Council Land Titles Go Missing

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According to Ruyonga, when Lwanga was handing over the office to his predecessor, Paul Omoko, the land titles were not included in the hand over report.

Five titles of major properties belonging to Fort Portal Municipality are missing under unclear circumstances.  Two of the titles include that of the land hosting the newly built Mpanga market at Busaiga in Kyenjojo district and the municipal housing estates at Kagote in East division. 

Edison Asaba Ruyonga, the Mayor Fort Portal municipality says they have been searching for the missing land titles for the last four months in vain. Ruyonga blames Edward Lwanga, the former town clerk for the missing titles.


According to Ruyonga, when Lwanga was handing over the office to his predecessor, Paul Omoko, the land titles were not included in the hand over report. He says that in the past, it has been the tradition for town clerks to hand over documents including the land titles to their predecessors.
 
He says the former town clerk, Ambrose Atwoko handed the titles to Lwanga. Paul Omoko, the Town Clerk Fort Portal municipality says that they have reported the matter to police, who are investigating the whereabouts of the titles.

Joshua Tusingwire, the Office in-Charge Criminal Investigations Kabarole district confirms investigations are on-going. In a telephone interview, Lwanga said that he doesn't know where the land titles are.
 
 He accused the Mayor for involving him in the mess, saying that he should have raised alarm before he was transferred to Mbale municipality. 

However some municipal councilors have accused Asaba and his deputy Margaret Kihika for incompetence. Eunice Habomugisha, the representing of Rwengoma ward says that the two are supposed to supervise municipal works and property.


She questions why it took long for the mayor to discover that the titles are missing. Ten councilors led by Habomugisha have also petitioned the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to investigate the matter.