VP Ssekandi Named In Illegal Land Deals

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Ssekandi is wanted before the Masaka district Ad hoc committee investigating the illegal allocation of 122 plots of land in the area.

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has been summoned by the Masaka district land committee over his alleged involvement in illegal land deals in the municipality.

Ssekandi is wanted before the Masaka district Ad hoc committee investigating the illegal allocation of 122 plots of land in the area.

Kibra Ntensibe Manooti, the Probe Committee Secretary says Ssekandi was supposed to appear before the committee on Saturday last week but failed to appear forcing them to issue fresh summons for him this week.

Ntensibe says Ssekandi is wanted to appear before the committee this Saturday to explain queries concerning his acquisition of Baines Terrace located in Kizungu and Green Space opposite Stanbic Bank off Birch Avenue.

Ntensibe says they have already sent a copy of the summons to Ssekandi’s office in Kampala asking him to appear before the committee.

The VP could not be reached for comment on whether he will appear before the committee and to explain circumstances under which he acquired the disputed plots of land. But his press secretary, James Mututa told URN on Tuesday that the VP’s office had not yet seen the summons.

Achilles Mawanda, the probe committee chairman says the committee will look for him in his Kampala office if he fails to appear before them.

Mawanda says Ssekandi becomes the 10th official so far interrogated in relation to the illegal acquisition of plots of land in the Municipality.

Some of the other plots of land whose allocation is under investigation include Masaka Liberation Square  which was allegedly allocated to Hotel Brovad, Masaka Municipal  Chambers allocated to Brig. Silver Kayemba, Budukiro Children Center and Masaka Fort which were sold to Maj. Kenneth Muhairwe.

Reacting to the investigations, Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Member of Parliament called for immediate halting of land allocations until all the accused civil servants including Vice President Ssekandi are investigated by Inspectorate of Government.

Mpuuga claims that there are cases of multiple allocations of plots of land without following proper public procurement procedures.

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But Kassim Ssembajja, the General Manager of Hotel Brovad which is under investigations for illegally acquiring Masaka Liberation Square, has denied despite the fact that part of it has been fenced off. Ssembajja claims that the Liberation Square is simply their neighbor but they have not acquired it.

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It remains unclear who fenced part of the square.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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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.