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Uganda's land in Kenya not secure

30 January 2015, 21:39 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The parliamentary committee on commissions and state bodies has asked the government to find money to repay a bank loan of KES 200 million to save Uganda's land in Mombasa, Kenya.

According to the committee chaired by Florence Namayanja, the government through Uganda Property Holdings Ltd (UPHL) secured a loan seven years ago from a Kenyan Bank to purchase land measuring 5 acres where it established a car port.

However, the committee noted that the Bank is now threatening to auction the land and car port over failure by UPHL to repay the loan.

John Ssimbwa, the MP for Makindye east who also chairs the parliamentary committee on trade and industry, said: ''The recent tour by my committee to that plot indicated that Ugandan car importers and other businessmen from Uganda use it to keep their merchandize yet initially, they were hiring car ports belonging to other countries.''

He wondered where the money they pay to use that land goes.

He further disclosed that UPHL has failed to manage the country’s properties abroad mainly those in Kenya to the extent that tenants were running away from some of the buildings due to dilapidated conditions.

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