MP Muhanga Probed Over Disputed Land Deal

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In short
The accusations against Burahya County MP Margaret Muhanga stem from a transaction from which she acquired 23.1 acres of land from Uganda Broadcasting Corporation UBC at a cost of 10.2 billion Shillings. The land in question is located in Bugolobi, a suburb of Kampala.

Burahya County MP Margaret Muhanga has been questioned over a scandal in which she is accused of fraud and disobeying court orders in executing a land transaction.

The accusations stem from a transaction in which she acquired 23.1 acres of land from Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) at a cost of 10.2 billion Shillings. The land in question is located in Bugolobi, a suburb of Kampala.

The land had been originally leased out by Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) to HABA group, an entity owned by city tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba at a cost of 11.4billion Shillings.

HABA group had sold the land to Deo and sons Company Limited. But High Court ruled that the transaction was illegal and ordered that the land title reverts back to UBC.  Haba group appealed the High Court judgment and entered into a consent judgment for UBC to refund the 11.4 billion Shillings it had paid for the land within 60 days.

UBC board chairman Simon Kaheru says that HABA group sold the land to Margaret Muhanga before the 60 days elapsed.

In a face-off with Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the lead counsel to the committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Muhanga stated that she sold personal property and borrowed from friends and family members to execute the transaction.

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She added that the money was delivered to auctioneer Gordon Twinamasiko and paid in denominations of 50,000 Shillings for which she obtained receipts. Nandala however questioned her ability to own such an amount of money and asked that Muhanga should be investigated for alleged money laundering.
 
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The committee learnt that the Supreme Court declared the sale fraudulent and has since reversed all transactions on the said land ordering that the land title be handed back to UBC.

Muhanga who is still in possession of the land title despite the court order was advised by the vice chairperson of the committee to comply with the Supreme Court directive.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.