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UBC should refund my 11.5 billion shillings – Muhanga


Earlier this week: Muhanga presenting her documents before Parliament’s Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), chaired by Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu.

Margaret Muhanga has returned the title of prime land located in Bugolobi, belonging to Uganda broadcasting Corporation (UBC).

In the same letter, the Burahya County MP has demanded a refund of 11.5 billion shillings of money from UBC.

Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among says Muhanga’s lawyer Caleb Alaka delivered the land title still in her names (Margaret Muhanga) to the committee that was sitting at Speke resort Munyonyo, 8pm on Friday.

Earlier this week, Muhanga denied being in possession of the land title while before Parliament’s Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), chaired by Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu.

She attempted to extricate herself from the controversial sale of land claiming that she paid 10.2 billion shs after selling livestock and borrowing from close relatives.

The Observer Report:

The land saga started on February, 14, 2011, when UBC sold its land in Bugolobi to Haba Group (U) Ltd, a company owned by city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba at Shs 11.5 billion.

Three months later, on May, 16, 2011, Haba Group sold the same land to a company known as Deo and Sons Properties Ltd at Shs 22 billion.

However, after the sale and subsequent transfer of title, the then UBC managing director, Paul Kihika, wrote a letter in which he terminated the sale agreement between the national broadcaster and Haba Group on grounds that sale was done without ministerial approval as provided for in the UBC Act.

Haba Group and Deo and Sons went to the Appeals court. But before the determination of the appeal, the three parties (Haba Group, UBC and Deo and Sons) signed a consent judgment dated March, 16, 2013, which in effect settled the appeal amicably by reversing the orders of the High court.

In the consent, Deo and Sons agreed to surrender the title to UBC after the national broadcaster has refunded Shs 11.5 billion.

However, UBC failed to refund Shs 11.5 billion, thus Haba Group and Deo and Sons began proceedings that culminated in the decision to auction the land.

Subsequently, Tropical General Auctioneers attached the land, advertised it in the newspapers and sold it to Muhanga on 30 December, 2013 at a public auction. On January, 10, 2014, she was registered as a proprietor of the land in a manner court described as a scam.

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