Masaka Land Board Chairperson Fired over Shady land deals

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In his place Kalungi has appointed Peter Ssenkungu, the new chairperson of Masaka district land board.

Reverend Father Joseph Kaita, the Masaka district land board chairperson has been sacked amidst accusations of corruption and fraudulent land transactions. Kaita was relieved of his duties by Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka district LC V chairperson. In his place Kalungi has appointed Peter Ssenkungu, the new chairperson of Masaka district land board. Ssenkungu has been a member on the Kaita led land board. Kalungi says that Masaka district council passed a resolution last month recommending the sacking of Kaita over poor performance. He however, didn’t explain whether or not they will take legal action against the sacked chairperson.
It all started in 2011 when the district land board was accused of corruption in the allocation of 122 plots in Masaka municipality. Some of the land under contention includes Masaka Municipal council chambers, Budukilo Children’s Home and another plot of land in Kizungu belonging to the municipality. Fr. Kaita has been under immense pressure to resign for allegedly receiving a bribe of 7million shillings from Banakalooli Brothers to dispose of plot 26 and 28 along Grant Street to them. Achilles Mawanda, who led the probe into the illegal land transaction, says that, despite the fact that Fr Kaita has been relieved of his duties he will be prosecuted for alleged corruption.

He says that the probe team found out that Fr Kaita was soliciting bribes from private developers to allocate them land.  Mawanda says that the probe reports pins the former land board chairperson for illegally disposing of Green Spaces to private developers without consulting the municipal council and the Land Commission.

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Kibra Ntensibe, a resident of Masaka has welcomed the sacking of Fr. Kaita.  He says that they are disappointed by the fact that Kaita was appointed to the board to ensure transparency because he is a priest he got involved in shady deals. He says that the disposal of green spaces has left their children with nowhere to play. Fr. Joseph Kaita has declined to comment on his sacking, saying that he has nothing to say.


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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."

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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.