Soroti Municipality Set to Reclaim Gov't Houses Top story

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Simon Peter Edoru, the Soroti District vice chairperson who doubles as the leader of government business regrets that some influential persons in the district back then, took government houses cheaply in the name of generating revenue.

Soroti Municipal Council has written to former civil servant occupying government houses to vacate them with immediate effect. 



In a September 29th, 2018 letter addressed to the affected persons Soroti Town Clerk, Moses Otimong asks the occupants to relinquish the houses as per the council resolution for re-allocation to serving civil servants.

 
At least 10 of the houses are found in Akisim estate. The council is seeking to repossess the mayor's residence. Two of the houses are being occupied by a retired surveyor only identified as Chekopok and the family of the late Okurut, a former accountant.

 
The decision by the municipality to reclaim the houses has triggered anxiety among some of the occupants, saying the move is a ploy by Soroti Municipal council to grab their houses, which they legally bought.
 

Richard Oparo, a resident of Akisim Estate, says they have been living in fear since they heard information that the municipality planning to reclaim the houses.

 
"We bought these houses from Soroti Municipal Council at least 15 years ago. We are scared of losing them yet some of us have already processed land titles." Oparo said. 


 
 
However, the town Clerk, Moses Otimong, says there is no cause for worry because they are on targeting the houses, the council didn't sale.
 

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According to Otimong, Soroti Municipal council has come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure that its property and land is surveyed to guard against grabbers.

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In 2006, Soroti district local government sold a number of government houses in Oderai estate with for as a low as Shillings 3 million.


Simon Peter Edoru, the Soroti District vice chairperson who doubles as the leader of government business regrets that some influential persons in the district back then, took government houses cheaply in the name of generating revenue.

Edoru asserts their administration will never consider disposing of government property without through evaluation.