Masaka Chairman under Pressure to Sack Land Board Chief

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The allocation of the school with a population of over 2000 pupils has generated angry reactions from parents, old students, and members of the general public. But Ssenkungu claims the association presented documents from the Lands Ministry certifying them as the rightful owners of the land on which the school is premised.

Masaka Municipality councilors have pilled pressure on Joseph Kalungi, the district LC5 Chairman to sack his land board Chief Peter Ssenkungu over illegal land allocations.

The councilors accuse Ssenkungu of illegally allocating green belts spaces and public spaces around Masaka Town to private developers.

The latest allocation is Hill Road Public School which was reportedly allocated to the Indian Association of Uganda. It has since emerged that the association intends to demolish the school in favor of a hotel.

The allocation of the school with a population of over 2000 pupils has generated angry reactions from parents, old students, and members of the general public.

But Ssenkungu claims the association presented documents from the Lands Ministry certifying them as the rightful owners of the land on which the school is premised.

Now, Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Municipality Mayor says the municipal councilors unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the allocation of this school and are demanding that Ssenkungu be interdicted.

Kayemba claims that the failure by Ssenkungu to consult the physical planning authority before the allocation raises a lot of questions about his integrity.

Similarly, Linos Ngompek, the Masaka RDC says security is investigating Ssenkungu for alleged corruption. Ngompek says the security committee launched a probe after two parties claimed ownership of the same property and demanded that the allocation be halted until after the investigations.

He identifies them are Indian Association of Uganda and Registered Trustees of Indian Association of the Indian Education Society.

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Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town Clerk suspects the two parties claiming for the school are not genuine and violates the land act.

However, Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman says he is still studying the allegations before taking any action since at the moment; he does not have strong grounds to sack Ssenkungu.

Peter Ssenkungu replaced Rev. Fr. Joseph Kaita as Secretary Masaka District Land Board. Fr. Kaita was also sacked for alleged corruption after he was accused of soliciting bribe of 40million shillings from Banakalooli brothers to allocate them a plot of land along Naludugavu Street in Masaka Town.
 

 

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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.

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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.