Mbale Municipality Hit with Fresh Land Scandal

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Senior officials of Mbale Municipal Council are accused of conniving with the Uganda Lands Commission for the fraudulent sale of the Town Clerk's residence in the affluent Senior Quarters.

Mbale local government has been hit by a new property management scandal.
Abdullah Kutosi, the Speaker of Mbale Municipal Council, says the official residence of the Town Clerk has been sold illegally.
The two-storied building with expansive grounds is located in the affluent Senior Quarters neighborhood near Mount Elgon Hotel. It is reported that the building was sold last month by municipal council officials and the Uganda Lands Commission.
Kutosi says the property has been sub-divided into four plots. He refuses to name the implicated officials, but reveals that they changed the ownership of the land title and with the help of the Uganda Lands Commission, placed it in their names.
Kutosi says the council had intended to give the house to the town’s commercial officer as a reward for his long service.
Land in Mbale Municipality is a hot ticket item. An acre of land in Senior Quarters costs between 100 million and 150 million shillings.
Efforts to reach Kintu Mubala, the Uganda Lands Commission secretary accused of having a hand in the deal, were futile.
For the past five years Mbale Municipal Council has had numerous property management dispute.
In 2007 the illegal sale of the municipal nursery bed led to the interdiction of the mayor, Richard Masaba.
In February, several municipal officials were questioned about the sale of a popular park in the town called the Friends of Nature Green Space.
And last month, nine council workers including the Town Clerk and his deputy were arrested for flouting procurement processes in the fraudulent purchase of land in Sironko.