Masaka Municipal Council Staff Houses Encroachers Face Eviction

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Masaka Municipality councillors are concerned about the increasing number of non-staff members including Masaka businessmen encroaching on council staff houses.

Masaka Municipality councillors are concerned about the increasing number of non-staff members including Masaka businessmen encroaching on council staff houses.
 
The houses in contention are known as model staff houses, located at Kumbu on plot 55-56 Old Bukoba Road and plot 98-104 Forest Road in Kimaanya/ Kyabakuza division.
 
The issue was raised while councillors were deliberating on a report by the Internal Audit Department that indicated that staff houses are occupied by non-staff members.
 
 In a council meeting chaired by Masaka Municipality Speaker, Steven Lukyamuzi, councillors led by Tony Ssempijja, Kimaanya Parish councillor, noted that many council staff houses are currently occupied by people who do not have tenancy agreements with the council. He reminded the meeting that this is against the law.
 
Ssempijja went ahead to claim that he had information some of the illegal tenants have plans to sell the land on which the council houses are built.
 
Mariam Tusiime, Katwe Parish representative, added that occupancy of the staff houses had on several times changed from one person to another without council approval.
 
Tusime says that some of the occupants have actually not paid rent for a very long time, denying council much needed revenue.
 
Tusime informed the meeting that council had been unable to house several council staff because of lack of enough staff houses. She urged the meeting to resolve to evict these tenants so that council staff can occupy them.
 
Masaka Municipality Mayor, Godfrey Kayemba confirmed fears with information that he had received several complaints from Kimaanya/ Kyabakuza Division Chairperson Hajji Ali Matovu, about the sub dividing of plots of land in Kumbu Housing estate where council staff houses are located.
 
He said according to calculations, the council had lost over 10 million shillings in rent arrears to illegal tenants.
 
Kayemba concurred with councillors that a committee be set headed by the town clerk Johnson Baryantuma
Munono to produce a status report on the status of Kumbu Housing Estate.
 
The committee has been given 2 months to establish the exact number of houses which are occupied by non-council staff and how this happened. The committee will find out if any plots have been sub-divided, by who and lastly how much in rent arrears are owed.
 
The town clerk Munono said he was unaware of tenants planning to sell council land. He said his office would assign a surveyor to measure this land. Council would not hesitate to invalidate all title deeds obtained irregularly on Kumbu housing estate land.