Masaka District Council Approves New Land Board

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The council also approved four other members; Hajji Musa Bisegerwa, a businessman, Rev. Fr Henry Ssebwana- the Vice Rector Bukalasa Minor seminary, Robinah Nabakooza Ssali-a retired teacher and Doctor Owen Sseremba, a lecturer at Makerere University. Their term of office will last five years.

Masaka district council has approved the nomination of Justice Vincent Kibuuka Musoke as the new Chairperson of the District Land Board. He replaces Peter Ssenkungu, whose board was dissolved by the same council last year.

The council also approved four other members; Hajji Musa Bisegerwa, a businessman, Rev. Fr Henry Ssebwana- the Vice Rector Bukalasa Minor seminary, Robinah Nabakooza Ssali-a retired teacher and Doctor Owen Sseremba, a lecturer at Makerere University. Their term of office will last five years.

The approval comes just a day after high court dismissed an application by Peter Ssenkungu, challenging his dismissal by the district council before the expiry of his second term of office.

The district council last year voted to cancel Ssenkungu's appointment, accusing him of corruption, abuse of office and fraudulently allocating public land and gazetted greenbelts to private developers, among other inconsistencies.

The queried transactions include an allocation of over 150 hectares of land at 250,000 Shillings to Noeline Ndagire and another allocation of 235 hectares at 200,000 Shillings to Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi. The two later sold the land to Pastor Samuel Kakande at over 70 million and 80 Million Shillings respectively. 

Queries were also raised on the allocation of land around Lake Birinzi to Bukoto South MP Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali and the sale of another piece of land which had been allocated to the production department for the establishment of a pig abattoir project.

But Ssenkungu, through his lawyers; Kateete & Ssekitto Advocates, stated that he was not given a fair hearing before his board was disbanded. He had asked the court to block the approval of the new District Land Board, and reinstate him in the office with an extension of his tenure.

However,  in his judgment, Judge John Eudice Kaitirima rejected the grounds of the suit and gave the district council leeway to constitute a new board.

 Although Ssenkungu had indicated that he would appeal against the judgement, the district council this morning went ahead to fill the posts.

Masaka district chairperson Jude Mbabaali told the council members that his office has registered several complaints of irregular land transactions by the former land board, which necessitated finding a remedy to the problem.
 
He adds that he widely consulted on the new candidates and established that they are credible to perform the responsibility ahead of them.

 

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