KAMPALA – Lawmakers on the Parliamentary sub-committee of Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) investigating the departed Asian properties give away has issued a two-week ultimatum to Bernard Mujasi Mbale district Chairman to constitute a fully-fledged district land board.
The ultimatum was issued at a meeting held between officials from Mbale district and MPs of COSASE that were investigating the manner in which 700 properties belonging to the custodian board were disposed of.
Ibrahim Kasozi, Vice-Chairperson COSASE said that the said transactions were illegally conducted as there were no powers to grant authority over them by the district land board since it wasn’t in place at the time to grant the authority to dispose of the properties.
In a related development, the Committee halted the issuance of leases, demolition and transfer of titles on some plots in Kampala until investigations into them are complete.
The directive followed reports that the current occupants of the said properties had taken advantage of the festive season to demolish the buildings in an effort to frustrate inquiry into acquisition of properties on plot 11 William Street, plot 17 Nkuruma road and 4 others in Luzira.
The Committee also summoned the former Lands Commissioner Sarah Kulata to clarify on some of the decisions she took while holding office relating to property giveaways in Kampala.