Masaka Land Giveaway Case Flops

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In short
Masaka municipality dragged the District Land Board to court for illegally allocating several public spaces to private developers.

Hearing of a case in which Masaka District Land Board is accused of illegal allocation of public land in the municipality has flopped.

Masaka municipality dragged the District Land Board to court for illegally allocating several public spaces to private developers.

The land under contention hosts Masaka Mayor's gardens, the children's park, bus park, Birch Avenue, the Town Clerk's residence, Hill Road Public School and Masaka cemetery among others. Altogether, 122 public spaces were sold.

The municipality is now seeking a court order to nullify all transactions involving public land within its jurisdiction and to restrain the district Land Board Chairman Peter Ssenkungu from approving more transactions.

However, hearing of the case did not take place today as scheduled. Court heard that Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli, the judge in charge of the process was attending a training workshop in Kampala.

Court clerks rescheduled the case to August 27th, 2015 for hearing.

Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka Land Board Chairman did not show up in court.

 

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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.