ULC ordered to Revoke Mbale Lorry Park Land Titles

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Mwesigye accuses officials from the Uganda Land Commission of usurping the powers of local councils by creating and naming a road which is not their mandate

Adolf Mwesige, the Minister of Local Government has stopped the illegal allocation of Mbale’s Lorry Park to private developers.

In August, Uganda Land Commission (ULC)  divided the park into eleven plots which were then shared by local businessmen and politicians.

Mbale Municipal Council protested the giveaway on grounds that it had planned to relocate market vendors to operate from the park to pave way for redevelopment of Mbale Main Supermarket.

The council also contested the allocation on grounds that despite being the planning authority and sitting tenant, Uganda Land Commission did not consult it before issuing land titles to private developers.

The Mayor Mtwalib Zandia, petitioned parliament and the ministry of local government to intervene and investigate the manner in which Uganda Land Commission is issuing land titles to individuals to acquire gazzetted public places in Mbale.

In response, Adolf Mwesigye the Minister of Local Government on Thursday wrote to Uganda Land Commission advising that the allocation of the park is illegal because it flouted the PPDA act and the physical planning act.

Under the PPDA act, the disposal of the land would have been done under open bidding while the physical planning act calls for change of user before the land can be allocated to private developers.

Mwesigye also accuses officials from the Uganda Land Commission of usurping the powers of local councils by creating and naming a road which is not their mandate. The commission had created a fictitious road named ‘Central Rise’ to justify the allocations.

Meanwhile, the people who were located plots in the disputed park have dragged the Mbale Mayor Mtwalib Zandia to court for alleged contempt of court.

Through Wamimbi and Company advocates, the claimants want Mtwalib Zandia committed to civil prison for allegedly telling vendors to disregard a court order that stopped the council from relocating them to Lorry Park to pave way for redevelopment of the market.

The petition is backed by an affidavit sworn by Yusuf Masaba who claims to have made a recording of a news item which ran on two radio stations in Mbale where the mayor allegedly incited the vendors to disregard the court order by occupying the park.

Mbale High court has ordered the mayor to appear in court on Monday to answer for alleged contempt of court.

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