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Government sells 250 acres of prison land at Shs1.2m
LAND BONANZA: The Kirinya Prisons land that has gone to investors at Shs1.2 million. PHOTO BY PAULINE KAIRU
By Mercy Nalugo (email the author)
Posted Friday, October 15 2010 at 00:00
The government is once again in the spotlight over questionable sale of land in Jinja to private investors—at a laughable price. Parliament is investigating how 252 acres of Kirinya Government Prisons land on the shores of Lake Victoria was parcelled out to investors at Shs5,000 an acre reportedly on the President’s directives.
The entire piece fetched Shs1.2m. Brokers Daily Monitor spoke to yesterday said land in the area goes for Shs20m an acre on the open market.
Documents produced before the Public Accounts Committee indicate that the land was given to Lake Victoria Information Communication Technology and Bio-Tech (LAVIT)—a firm owned by Mr Richard Raja, a businessman and the Jinja East MP, Mr Igeme Nabeta.
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The investors are to establish a computer processing plant on the land. The committee chaired by Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi yesterday directed the accounting officer of Uganda Prisons, Mr Simon Kimono, to write to the Uganda Land Commission to slap a caveat on the Kirinya land.
“Is it right to give away 252 acres of land to an MP and you ask tax payers to pay for the relocation? This is unheard of. The government should have used the money to construct more schools and hospitals so that the poor can access them,” said Mr Mafabi.
A letter written in January 2008 by President Museveni—but only made public yesterday—directed then Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to immediately transfer the land to LAVIT.
“Coordinate with the ministry of Finance to expedite the facilitation of relocation. The prisoners can be kept anywhere in Uganda. That Kirinya land is prime, near town, at the shores of Lake Victoria and next to the railway line,” reads the letter.
“It should therefore be used to create employment, generate export of services to increase our forex earnings and contribute directly or indirectly to the expansion of the tax base,” it adds.
The legislators, however, were skeptical that the President could approve a deal where public prime land is given away at peanuts.
“As a committee, we are saying no evicting prisoners in Kirinya. How can we give Nabeta free land and build a prison elsewhere using tax payers’ money just because his business partner is brown? We are putting a caveat and we don’t want any activity on the land until we are through with investigations,” Mr Mafabi ruled.
The legislators, however, heard their concerns could yield little since the investors already possess the land title.
The land according to the Auditor General’s report, was given away hurriedly without a formal business/land use plan to justify the prison’s relocation.
Mr Kimono told the MPs that the land transaction was done without his knowledge. MP Nabeta could not be reached as he is reportedly out of the country.
The government has previously come under criticism for dishing out public land to investors--some of whom have failed to develop the facilities.
the lavit park in jinja
Located in Jinja (Eastern Uganda), the LAKE VICTORIA INFORMATION / COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND BIO-TECH (LAVIT) Park is envisioned to be the preferred and distinctive technology and innovation centre for Uganda and the East African region. The Park focuses on research and development, marketing, sales, services, and capacity building in information technology (IT), biotechnology and related knowledge-based industries. With encouragement and support from the government - LAVIT is poised to catalyse and accelerate the development of these new growth sectors.
LAVIT capitalizes on the opportunity of knowledge as a production resource and innovation as the cornerstone of strategy for many of its tenants. The institution of LAVIT is a knowledge entitiy that is powered by innovative capacity with strong reliance on ICT. It creates and maintains the knowledge infrastructure needed in rendering the human and physical resources effective - and enhance productivity in all sectors such as commerce, transportation, manufacturing and services - all leading towards poverty eradication
By Mugisa Isaac Mathias
The National Housing and Construction Company are planning to construct over 8000 housing units across the country in the next four years.
The acting chief executive Muhammad Benuruma says there is need for real estate companies to invest more in the construction of houses to address the increasing demand.
Currently Uganda is facing a deficit of 100,000 units to accommodate the demand of ever increasing population which is growing at the rate of 3.2 percent annually.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, over 30000 housing units are needed to be constructed each year in ordered to meet the demand.
Benuruma says they will construct over 100 housing units in Mbarara under the first phase of this project.
The Company is a government owned entity mandated to increase the housing facilities to all Ugandan across the country, rehabilitate the housing industry and encourage Ugandans to own homes in a well planned environment.