Thursday, July 28, 2011

Contested Tinyefuza house ‘sold’ to tycoon

The contested KCCA house on Mabua Road in Kololo, from which the executive director is seeking to evict the coordinator of Intelligence Services, Gen David Tinyefuza, was to be sold to a third party.

According to documents accessed by The Observer, Kampala City Council offered to sell the said house on Plot 2 Mabua Road to Pearline Investment sometime last year and confirmed this decision in an ordinary council meeting at Hotel Africana on July 20, 2010. This particular meeting was chaired by the Speaker, Shifrah Lukwago. We have learnt that a lease offer was made, but the offer letter was yet to be issued.

Pearline Investment belongs to Isaac Kakumba, a businessman who owns several properties in Kampala. The council resolution in question reads: "That through the Contracts Committee of Council, Plot 2 Mabua Road be disposed off to Pearline Investment."

This was after Councillor Abdu Mayanja, who was chairperson of the Works Committee, expressed concern that KCC properties were being used free of charge, yet the council continued paying for utilities. Mayanja added that the properties, including the contested house, were deteriorating, which was depriving KCC of income in form of premium and ground rent.

During the same council meeting, Councillor Margaret Kiryowa, who was then in charge of Community Development, suggested that the application by Nasser Sebaggala, who was Kampala mayor at the time, to take over the house he was occupying on Plot 1 Sezibwa Road in Nakasero, be considered as well. Sebaggala was recently evicted from the house.

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