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City Business Man Named in Land Grabbing Scandal

By Racheal Nakassi

Kampala

City businessman Ephraim Ntaganda has been implicated in a land scandal in Kampala.

Few weeks ago , Ntaganda was arrested by police on orders of the Land Commission of Inquiry headed Justice Catherine Bamugemereire for misinforming the commission over his role in the fraudulent acquisition of land titles belonging to government in the Kajjansi Central Forest Reserve.

The land in question is located on plot 34 Kyadondo road measuring close to 2 acres belonging to Nakasero Primary School which is a government aided school.

Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry on land matters to testify on how the land that was formerly a school play grounds ended up in wrong hands, the School Management Committee Chairman Joel Ssekabembe revealed that that Ntaganda through his company Prestigious Apartments Limited connived with some members of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Ministry of Education, Uganda Land Commission (ULC) who later leased him the land in 2010 at a cost of about 400,000 USD that is approximately 1.2billion shillings to set up modern apartments.

Ssekabembe says that school management committee was not consulted also accusing ULC form ignoring the move for them to cancel the titles given to the developer.

Last week the commission directed the ULC Chairman Isoke Baguma to present documented records on how city government schools land was given out to investors and how they have been executing its duties since 1992.

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