State minister of Finance for Planning, David Bahati, has silently built “a presidential palace” in Kabale town, South Western Uganda.
From the outlook of the house, one may confuse it with State House Nakasero, but no, it’s a private residence for a mere state minister.
It is expensive, spacious, it is presidential, it is posh and definitely the most luxurious mansion in Kigezi region.
It sits on an entire acre of land surrounded with tall trees.
It is located in Kakomo, Mwendo Parish in Kitumba Subocounty of Ndorwa West constituency which Bahati represents in parliament.
Apart from the residence valued in billions of cash, Bahati also owns what was previously government land in Kabale town called Yard—that stretches for four acres.
Bahati was only appointed minister in a cabinet reshuffle on 1 March 2015, replacing Matia Kasaija.
He is a member of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling party. He is chief of the Scout Board of Uganda.
Bahati came to international attention in October 2009 after introducing the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a Private Member’s Bill on 13 October proposing that a new offence be created in Uganda named “aggravated homosexuality” which would be punishable as a capital offence.
The bill was signed into law by the President of Uganda on 24 February 2014.
On 1 August 2014, however, the Constitutional Court of Uganda ruled the Act invalid on procedural grounds.