Kabale District Suspends Land Deal With The University

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In short
Kabale District Council has cancelled the selling of its 101 acres of land to Kabale University as agreed in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2009.

Kabale District Council has cancelled the selling of its 101 acres of land to Kabale University as agreed in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2009.

The University was established in 2002 on a 52 acre piece of land, which was offered by the district council. But later, the national council for higher education asked the university administration to have more land to enable the university expand in future and also as a basis for getting a license.

On 5th June 2009, the university agreed with the district council to avail 650,000 US dollars to help the district construct the council hall. But two years after the understanding, the university has failed to pay the money, which it was to pay in a period of one week.

In May 2011, the Kabale district council decided to look for other investors who include city tycoon, Sudhir Ruparellia and the Judiciary. John Mutabaazi, a Sudhir agent coordinating with the district council, told URN reporter that they were approached by the council to buy the land but they have not taken any procedures so far.

The new developments have been rejected by the university administration and have asked the Inspector General of Government to intervene.
 
In a letter dated July 25th 2011 signed by the University Chancellor, Prof George Kanyeihamba,  Kabale University asked the IGG to halt the selling of 101 acres of land.
In the letter, it is indicated that without the 101 acres of land the University license would be revoked by the national council for higher education.

But the Kabale District Speaker, Pastori Twinomujuni says as a district they have stopped the selling of the said land to the university because it breached the memorandum of understanding. Twinomujuni says the district is looking for money from other sources but not the university.

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Julius Mbarutsya, the Kamuganguzi district councilor says that as council the plan to sell the 101 acres of land still stands but Kabale University management wanted to take the land illegally. He says they will support the motion of selling the land to other investors.

Patrick Besigye Kaihwa, the Kabale District chairperson on Friday said the land would be sold at a later date to other investors who would increase on the money as the land has appreciated in value.

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He says that instead of selling the land now, it would be used as a source of revenue to the district council.