The Observer (Kampala)

10 January 2013

Uganda: Museveni Eyes Bwebajja Hotel

The government has set its sights on an estimated 100 acres of land, including the piece housing the controversial J&M Hotel in Bwebajja, Entebbe road.

The Observer has reliably learnt that President Museveni recently urged government to consider buying it to house some ministries. But Mr Museveni also believes that buying the hotel would be a good thing as it would help a supporter of the National Resistance Movement, who owns the facility.

The Observer has seen a letter in which Museveni directs Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze, to follow up the matter with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Attorney General Peter Nyombi and the ministries of Public Service and Finance. The president's suggestion follows an appeal by Mary Goodra Behakanira, the widow of Joseph Behakanira, who owned the property.

"The widow of the late Behakanira has appealed to me to buy their hotel at Bwebajja so that government can use the properties they have built there to turn them into offices for government, a university, a hospital or whatever else we may want to utilize them for," reads Museveni's letter to Tumwebaze dated November 5, 2012.

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