By Watchdog reporter
Outspoken Senior Presidential Advisor Tamale Mirundi, has been pinned in the Auditor General’s report for obtaining and selling government land against the land.
The AG report says Mirundi, who claims to be a champion for the peasants took the land in question when he was still President Museveni’s press secretary.
The October 2016 report says Tamale Mirundi acquired Nakawa Vocational Training Institute land saying he wanted to put up a private residential home.
The report states that government gave Nakawa Vocational Training Institute land, plot M96 on Mukabya Road and plots 3-9, 11-13, 15-17, 19-21, 23, 25 ne 27-29 Martyrs Way as well as 38-39 Block C.
On October 13, 2009 Nakawa Vocational Training Institute wrote to the Uganda Land Commission asking for the land titles for the above plots.
ULC gave titles for plots 3-9, 11-17, 23-29 on Martyrs Way and plot 38-39 Block C Ntinda on January 28, 2011.
Auditor general John Muwanga says however he has not been showed titles for plots M96 and 19-21 Martyrs Way.
However after the Nakawa Vocational Training Institute asked for the land titles, oluvannyuma Tamale Mirundi was give a lease on plot 19-21 Martyrs Way. The lease was first for five years and later, he got the actual title on September 8, 2010.
John Muwanga says, “I discovered that there was no official permission from the Ministry of Education to give Tamale Mirundi the land. And the ministry of Lands and Housing had advised that his title be cancelled but that was not the case”.
Since it was against the laws, Nakawa Vocational Training Institute appealed to the Inspector General of Government who has done nothing to investigate the matter.
Apparently Tamale Mirundi paid Sh11 million (as premium) and Sh550,000 as annual fees, following the Chief Government Valuer recommendations.
What followed was a conflict between Mirundi and Nakawa Vocational Training Institute. Mirundi would go ahead to sue the Uganda Land Commission for cancelling his lease.
Nakawa Vocational Training Institute had earmarked land, including the part Mirundi is fighting for, to build another vocation school with funding at the tune of $4 million from the government of South Korea, but the project has stalled since the case is still in court.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the organization behind the project say they cannot do anything until the case is deposed of.
The ministry of education together with the Uganda Land Commission agreed to give Mirundi another piece of land equivalent to the land in question, and they agreed to give him plots 38-39 equaling 0.272 acres.
The land title for Plot 38A-39A Block C in Ntinda was released on December 9, 2014.
However the Auditor General says after that, Tamale Mirundi sold the land to a one Nasser Hussein at sh200 million, and he altered the lease give to him on May 4, 2015.
The law says when one obtains a lease, he or she must return to the one who issued it for permission before selling the property. However, Tamale Mirundi didn’t do so.
While asking for this land, Tamale Mirundi said he wanted to construct a residential home as a government of Uganda official.
Now Mirundi could face court for selling government land outside the law provisions and Nasser Hussein lease could be cancelled.