Mbarara Chief Administrative Officer Arrested

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In short
The arrest followed questioning in relation to the sale of government land, abuse of office and conniving to misuse public resources by the state house team led by Lt. Col Edith Nakalema. The intervention of the anti-corruption unit follows concerns that the Municipal and district leaders had connived to sell off government land in the area.

Mbarara Chief Adminstrative Officer  Cuthbert Esoku has been arrested after a spot visit to Mbarara district by the state house anti-corruption unit. He was arrested alongside a Surveyor Godliver Nayebare and District Physical planner Julius Luck.

The arrest followed intense questioning in relation to the sale of government land, abuse of office and conniving to misuse public resources by the state house team led by Lt. Col Edith Nakalema. The intervention of the anti-corruption unit follows concerns that the Municipal and district leaders had connived to sell off government land in the area.

The most recent incident is the sale of the house that used to host the district veterinary offices by Former Mbarara speaker Grace Muhiirwe.

The land was sold to Rwampara County Member of Parliament Charles Ngabirano at 25 million Shillings. Ngabirano who was also invited to the meeting revealed that the district speaker had all the documents proving ownership of the premises.

Another piece of land near Mbarara State Lodge was fenced off by a group of yet to be known people.  But according to Nakalema, the person who encroached on State Lodge land must be known by authorities in the district who have refused to speak out. She directed that the top leaders be arrested and taken to Kampala for further question.

Nakalema added that district officials have taken control of several houses belonging to the district and the municipality.
 
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.