Masaka Golf Course Excluded From New Physical Plan

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Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka LC V chairman insists there are two titles for the Golf Course land. He alleges that one of the land titles belongs to Masaka municipality and the other to Bank of Uganda.

The battle for the disputed Masaka Golf Course has taken a new twist. Fresh details show that in 2015, Masaka municipality approved a new physical plan relocating the Golf Club from its current location to Kumbu forest reserve.

Masaka Golf Course land is at the center of a bitter dispute between Masaka district, Masaka municipality, Uganda Golf Union and Bank of Uganda. Currently, BOU is constructing a Shillings 50 billion currency center on part of the Golf course land, amidst protests from Masaka district officials led by the LC V chairperson, Jude Mbabaali.

They accuse the Deputy Bank of Uganda Governor, Louis Kasekende of flouting procurement regulations while acquiring the land. The group has secured a court order stopping the ongoing works. On Friday, all stakeholders met in a public hearing at Hotel Brovad to resolve the standoff, which threatens the Shillings 50 billion projects.

However, during hearing it emerged that council approved a plan to relocate the Golf course from its current location. Asaph Mukalazi, the Manager Laston Hotel limited, which sold the part of the Golf Course land to BOU, says he secured the land after the change of the physical plan.
Mukalazi explains that he secured a lease for the Golf course land from Masaka district land board on recommendation from the municipality. He challenged the LC V chair and Charles Kasibante Kibabilire, the Deputy Executive Director South Buganda Anti - Corruption Organization to table the title confirming that Uganda Golf Union owns the Golf Course land.

Mariam Tusiime, the former Deputy Speaker Masaka municipality confirmed Mukalazi's claims, saying they even publicized the new physical plan at all parishes and called residents to submit their views in vain. She says only National Forestry Authority raised objection, unless they are given alternative.
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Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka woman MP who organised the public hearing, says they have agreed that the petitioners settle the matter with the municipality outside court. According to Kabanda, they can't risk losing the Currency Centre to another town.

Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP faults the municipality for not informing the general public on the project. According to Mpuuga, although he supports the project, those implicated for corruption must be brought to book.

Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka LC V chairman insists there are two titles for the Golf Course land. He alleges that one of the land titles belongs to Masaka municipality and the other to Bank of Uganda. He has agreed to meet with Masaka municipal council officials to resolve the matter out of court.

Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the Mayor Masaka Municipality told URN on phone that the Golf Course has no land currently. He says they are yet to find alternative space for the Forest reserve in Kumbu.


About the author

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."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.