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EXCLUSIVE: How city lawyer Balondemu is being witch-hunted by shoddy Kampala land dealers for refusing to dance to their tune

Kampala, (UG): The Kampala District Lands Board Chairperson David Balondemu has for the past few weeks been in the news after he was arrested by the Statehouse Anti-corruption Unit (SACHU) over cases revolving around defrauding some investors.

Despite initially getting released on bail, this publication has exclusively confirmed from a well-placed source that the city lawyer was Friday evening re-arrested and is currently detained at Wandegeya Police Station pending a court appearance on Monday.

In the fresh twist surrounding his arrest, Balondemu is accused of having been fraudulently involved in a deal of Shs2.2 billion from KG Uganda Limited LLC, an American Company in a purported procurement of a water plant by the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Reports further allege that the said funds were channelled via a Bank account of a Law firm which Balondemu works with (M/s Bloom Advocates).

The said criminal case No. 864 -2023 is at the hearing stage at Buganda Road Court by Principal Grade I Magistrate Jutiko Winnie Nankya.

Investigations expose city land grabbers

In a further investigative study of the charges surrounding the case, DailyExpress understands that upon his appointment as the Chairperson of Kampala District Lands Board (KDLB), Balondemu tightened the noose on shoddy Kampala land dealers which has made him a nemesis of the cartel that had been profiteering from land deals within the city.

Our moles have also learnt that the genesis started when on orders of President Museveni overture St. Balikuddembe Owino market land titles back to the government to which is alleged that the beneficiaries offered him Shs10b but he refused.

Things then turned worse when a certain Minister tried to access him for some juicy plots along Lumumba Avenue, in addition to a city businessman who wanted Plot 43 on Ben Kiwanuka Street, while other deals denied involved the former Shimoni land and another Plot in areas of Kyambogo.

Our inside source further revealed that Balondemu recently became a barrier for land dealers in trying to take over Kampala wetlands and hence plotting his downfall. The source further intimated that several cases are being arraigned against him so as to stop him from hunting them down.

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This publication managed to obtain a full report on the land wrangles in the city which details how unscrupulous land dealers have descended on KDLB Boss Balondemu after he tightened the noose on their shoddy deals.

More details on the report will come in the subsequent editions of this story, watch the space.

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