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Some of the documented spaces are Masaka Mayor’s gardens, Children’s Park, Masaka Bus park, Golf Course and Liberation Square. The others are Masaka resources Centre, Masaka Public library, Masaka Lorry Park, Masaka taxi park, Old Kumbi estate, Masaka Recreation ground among others.

Masaka Municipality has documented all the public spaces in an effort to educate residents on land that is not for sale. 
 
Some of the documented spaces are Masaka Mayor’s gardens, Children’s Park, Masaka Bus park, Golf Course and Liberation Square.
 
The others are Masaka resources Centre, Masaka Public library, Masaka Lorry Park, Masaka taxi park, Old Kumbi estate, Masaka Recreation ground among others.
 
The Municipality has also listed down all government aided primary schools that are under Masaka Municipality. They include, Nyendo public school Binyoni, St. Bruno Primary School, Hill Road Public School, Bwala Muslim Primary School among others.
 
Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town Clerk, says the move is intended to inform the general public that all these spaces are public spaces and are not for sale. He says the Municipality has also sent a list of these public places to the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development to warn it against allocating any of them.
 
Kimbowa says they have realized that Masaka District Land board connives with officials from Lands Ministry and Lands Commission to allocate public spaces without consulting the municipality. He also says whoever illegally acquires any of these listed public spaces, shall not have any redevelopment plan approved.
 
 
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Currently, Peter Ssenkungu, the Chairperson Masaka district land board is under pressure to resign for alleged illegal land allocation. Masaka Municipality Councilors and MP Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka Municipality petitioned Masaka District council to disband the board.
 
However, Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman says he is studying the allegations. He admits irregular allocation of Land in Masaka Municipality but says preliminary investigations reveal that some plots were allocated by Uganda Land Commission.
 
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Peter Ssenkungu, the embattled Chairperson Masaka district land board says he is not bothered by calls for his resignation. He told Uganda Radio Network that he does everything within his mandate.
 
Last week, the Indian Association of Uganda convened a meeting at Hill Road Public School one of those affected by allocation but it flopped after parents and Masaka district leaders boycotted it. Masaka Mayor Godfrey Kayemba said they cannot negotiate with the Indians over the school takeover.
 
Linos Ngompek, the Masaka RDC said he advised the Indian Association of Uganda not to set foot at Hill Road Public School until investigations into its repossession are done. He said they want the Ministry of Education and Lands Ministry to first confirm and explain how the allocation was done without consulting the Municipality.
 
 Indian Association of Uganda’s Rajin Taylor has not yet commented on the latest development.

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.