Report Uncovers Ghost Allocation of Plots in Walukuba Estate

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A statement signed by Jinja municipality town clerk David Kyasanku detailing the allocation of plots shows that 50 out of the 219 recipients were ghost legatees. It however does not name the Ghost recipients of the land in question.

A report by Jinja municipal council on the allocation of plots of land to the former bona fide tenants of Walukuba west estate indicated that about 30 plots were mis-allocated while 50 plots were awarded to ghost owners.

A statement signed by Jinja municipality town clerk David Kyasanku detailing the allocation of plots shows that 50 out of the 219 recipients were ghost legatees.  It however does not name the Ghost recipients of the land in question. 

Kyasanku explains that the lists are now being refined after which land will be acquired by Jinja municipal council to cater for the remaining 113 tenants.

The matter stems from the 2003 disposal of 50-year old housing units in Walukuba estate and a subsequent redevelopment which saw a number of tenants thrown out of the estate. although they were promised priority at the reallocation, many of them still missed to fresh applicants.

Paul Isabirye, one of the tenants says they have an unfulfilled agreement with the municipal council that those who had missed out on the allocation within the estate had to be given land to be bought within Masese.

Isabirye says the tenants are losing hope after six years in waiting yet the report shows there are misallocations and ghost tenants today.

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Paul Batambuze, the General Secretary Walukuba/ Masese customary land lords association says the would-be beneficiaries have been frustrated by the area leadership following years of waiting, unfulfilled promises and disappointment. He says after hoping to be resettled elsewhere in Masese II, the planned site was later awarded to a one Musa Bashir by Jinja high court in 2014.

He says Jinja municipal and Walukuba/ Masese leaders must prove to the people that they are not frustrating them.
 
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Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, the Jinja municipality Mayor says most of the plots awarded to ghost owners have been partially developed with permanent structures. Kezaala however adds that plots that have not been developed will be given to genuine applicants who were not covered in the initial allocation.

He adds that the list of beneficiaries is also being reviewed to clean out the ghost owners.

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Recent reports by the Inspector General of Government have shown Jinja district leaders get involved in wrong allocations of land and grabbing of 58 plots of land belonging to Uganda railways in Walukuba/ Masese division