UGANDA, Kisenyi | Real Muloodi News | Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs State Minister Kabuye Kyofatogabye and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka have denied allegations that they purchased 10 acres of land in Kisenyi for USh370b without the public’s knowledge.
Correspondences seen by the Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) show that KCCA expressed interest in the land in November 2022 to create market space for low-income earners and establish taxi parks.
Engagement with Land Vendors
Despite the expressed interest, the deal fell through due to a land wrangle. Some of the Kampala leaders, Kyofatogabye and Kisaka confirmed that KCCA has engaged with several land vendors, including John Bosco Muwonge, but they have not purchased any land.
Kisaka stated that KCCA is seeking two trading spaces in every division, which has been discussed publicly. The organisation has a database of people who have expressed interest in selling land, but no land has been purchased.
No Purchase of Land
Kyofatogabye confirmed that KCCA has not bought any land, and there is no record of such a transaction. He stated that there are expressions of interest and assessments, but no specific piece of land has been identified for purchase.
The allegations arose from a January 5, 2023 letter from Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the Treasury Ramathan Ggoobi, instructing KCCA to undertake due diligence on the Kisenyi land.
In a letter to Ms Dorothy Kisaka, Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija said negotiations to pay for the land would not make progress unless the land wrangles have been resolved.
He had summoned Ms Kisaka, Mr Muwonge, M/S Obed Mwebesa and Associated Advocates, the Head of the Private Sector Development Unit in the Finance Ministry, and the head of the legal unit in the same ministry for a meeting to resolve the matter on February 1.
However, the meeting was held on February 5 and the minister didn’t get clear answers on who exactly owned the Kisenyi land.
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