URA Tightens Noose On Kulata Over Multi-Billion Properties

site geneva; font-size: small;”>Justice Stephen Musota recently ordered Sarah Kulata Basangwa, for sale who hitherto held the post of Acting Commissioner for Land Registration (before the recent interdiction) and the person currently in charge of that office to appear before court on May 16.

for sale geneva;”>The duo is supposed to show cause why they should not be committed to prison for contempt of court.

The Court order states: “The respondent and whoever may be holding the office of the Commissioner for Land Registration be compelled to appear before this court to show why he/she should not be committed to prison for contempt of court.”

The Order arises out of the failure by that office to transfer several properties and process land titles to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) as had been ordered by the High court.

The properties in question are FRV 210 Folio 19 Plot 28 Airport Road Entebbe; FRV 208 Folio 19 Malaba Bridge-Bukedi; FRV 212 Folio 12 Merama Customs Point; FRV 213 Folio 20 Plot 2A Nadiope Road East Jinja; FRV 228 Folio 1Goli Customs post and Plot 1, 2A and 10 Block E Butiaba,.

Others are Plots 52, and 54 Seventh Street Industrial Area Kampala; Plots 41, 43, 45 and 47 Kamugugunu Road, Mbarara; plots 1 and 1A Hayes Sadler Road and Plots 6, 8, 12 and 14 School drive Mbale.

The above properties originally belonged to the departments of customs, excise, Inland Revenue and sales tax of the Ministry of Finance before the creation of URA its creation in 1991.

However, they remained in the custody of the Uganda Land Commission and the defunct Common Services Organization until Musota granted URA “vesting orders” on July, 14, 2010.


Among others, the orders paved way for the acquisition of land titles and continued use of the land by URA.

“…..the land which it had been holding in trust for the government and were used by the customs, income tax and inland revenue departments ought to have been surrendered to the applicant upon commencement of the URA act,” Musota stated in the earlier ruling.

But George Okello, URA’s supervisor litigation argues that Kulata and the person holding that office currently never complied with the order, a failure the court described as contempt of court.

Arguing that the delayed transfer had constantly raised queries from Parliament and that the properties were at risk of being wasted among others, URA petitioned court again on July 14, 2011.

Accordingly, the High Court in Mbale ordered Kulata and the person occupying that position to appear in court in May, increasing troubles for already embattled Kulata.

She was in November 2011 interdicted to pave way for investigations into her alleged role in illegally parceling out land worth over Shs10b.

Measuring about 300 acres and located in Wakiso District, the property reportedly belongs to Lakeside City Limited owned by the Damani family of Asian origin. Kulata allegedly committed the offence between July 9 and August 4 at the Land Registry in Kampala.

In January, the Anti-Corruption Court discontinued charges of abuse of office filed against Kulata citing lack of authority by the Inspector General of Government to prosecute her while there is a civil case on the same matter before another court. The Damani family is the complainant in the civil case.

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