Mbale City officials apprehended for land grabbing
By: Melanie Aanyu
Seven top officials of Mbale city have been arrested by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit for alleged sale of government land.
The officials were picked up last night (Wednesday) and detained at Mbale City Central Police Station.
Daniel Mayombo, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit lead investigator said the suspects illegally connived to sell government land which they were meant to protect.
Situated in Nakaloke T/C in Northern Division, the land measuring approximately 20 acres was sold to private developers in 2020.
A section of the disputed land used to host the premises of the town council, the football pitch, shops and a police station.
Among the seven arrested was Aaron Mulyanyuma the former Town Clerk of the now defunct Nakaloke T/C accused of working with some councilors and other officials to sell the said land to a developer, Ismail Mukakandi.
Mulyanyuma’s Deputy, Kassim Waboga, Monica Wazemwa, Physical Planner, and Mary Nambuzya, the Health Inspector were all apprehended among others.
Rogers Taitika the Elgon region police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying investigation’s are on going.
Late last year, Mbale City Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Ahmed Washaki intervened in the standoff after receiving several complaints from the concerned residents.
Land cases are on the rise in Mbale city . Police register between 20 to 25 cases of land grabbing each month.