Muhakanizi says gov’t lost Shs7bn in bogus land deal

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Ministry of Finance PS Keith Muhakanizi

The Ugandan tax payer will once again lose money worth Shs7bn after it was revealed that the money paid out to purchase a piece of land was given to the wrong recipients.

The ownership of piece of land, which lies on a hundred acres at Namugala – Kikaaya in Wakiso district, which was procured by the Uganda free trade zones authority to set up an inland port, is being contested.

The Secretary to the treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, confirmed to NTV that 6.9 billion shillings was doled out against his advice not to pay until a dispute over the ownership of land was resolved.

This land, which sits approximately on 100 acres at Namugala – Kikaaya is where government intends to build an inland port where most of the cargo through Entebbe international airport is expected to be cleared.

Erick Ngoye Makumbi, Augustine Bukenya Muwuluzi and Judith Nalubega claim to be the owners of this sprawling piece of land.

Ngoye claims this mailo land was bequeathed to them from their late father Samwiri Kironde who bought the land from George Nyanga in the 60’s.

Documents quoted by NTV indicate that Uganda free trade zones authority opened bids seeking to purchase land for the in land port in November 2017.

Muhakanizi says he personally raised a red flag to government officials but his advice was ignored.

An internal memo by the Secretary to Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, dated 18th and 21st June this year, asks officials of the free trade zones authority to halt the procurement process.

However, Uganda free zones authority, recently published a clarification claiming the land was legally purchased.

The authority is advising anyone who believes he has a legal claim to petition Court.

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