The Elgon regional police commander, Mr Francis Chemusto, has accused Mbale Municipal Council leaders of allocating a road reserve on Bunyole Road in Mbale Town to private developers.
He claimed officials allocated the road reserve on plot 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 in Industrial Division to different people after evicting traders.
“They allocated the reserve to developers who have started construction. If they did not, we would be fighting together but instead, they are the ones telling me to back off,” Mr Chemusto said during a press conference at his office on Wednesday.
Describing the move as unfortunate and wrong, Mr Chemusto said the joint operation command, which comprises the army, internal security and director of public prosecution resolved that construction must be halted and an inquiry be instituted against the municipal officials over the sale.
“We have constituted an inquiry into the matter and stopped the construction works as well,” he said.
Mr Chemusto explained that the municipal leaders, particularly the deputy town clerk, Mr Kenneth Katuli, deputy speaker Yasin Wabomba, and district police commander (DPC), Robert Mugabi must be investigated.
The DPC is accused of allegedly deploying police officers to the scene to protect the developers’ on-going works without consulting the RPC, who is his supervisor after the residents in the area threatened to cause chaos over matter.
When contacted, Mr Katuli dismissed the accusations and said, “We are in court battling them. The plots were allocated to them by previous leadership so I don’t understand such accusations.”
However, the deputy speaker, Mr Wabomba instead accused Mr Chemusto of interference.
“He wants to be the mayor, town clerk, DPC and at the same time RPC, which cannot work,” he said, adding that developers are the rightful owners and that they secured an interim court order allowing them to go on with their construction work.