By; Our Reporter
High Court in Masaka through the assistant Registrar Beatrice Stella Atingu has halted the nomination and approval of a FIVE member new District Land Board (DLB) until a case challenging the appointment of another board is disposed off.
The former chairman of the district land board Peter Ssenkungu, through his lawyers of Kateete & Ssekitto Advocates, dragged Masaka District Administration to court challenging his dismissal by the district council headed by Chairman Jude Mbabaali.
The council accused his committee of fraudulently allocating public land and gazetted greenbelts to developers.
The queried transactions included an allocation of over 150 hectares of land at 250,000 Shillings to Noeline Ndagire and another allocation of 235 hectares at 200,000 Shillings to Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi.
The two later sold the land to Pastor Samuel Kakande at over 70 million and 80 Million Shillings respectively
Queries were also raised on the allocation of land around Lake Birinzi to Bukoto South MP Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali and the sale of another piece of land which had been allocated to the production department for the establishment of a pig abattoir project.
Jude Mbabaali says, the tenure of office for the Ssenkungu-led committee ended on April 14, 2017, that is why he had nominated a team chaired by former High Court Judge Justice Kibuuka Musoke ,the vice rector Bukalasa Seminary, Rev Fr Henry Ssebwana, Human rights lawyer Adrian Juuko, Dr Owen Sseremba, a lecturer at Makerere University, and Maria Nalubowa, the deputy head teacher of St Jude Primary School, Masaka to take over in avoidance of vacuum.
However, the district council rejected the nominees on alleged sectarian grounds and bribery.