Uganda Golf Union has written to the Chief Administrative Officer Masindi district local government, Abdalla Musobya Kiganda, requesting him to ensure that their programmes of developing golf at Masindi and Bunyoro as a whole are not frustrated by threats and actual trespass of golf course land and club house.
A letter dated 22nd April 2015 and signed by Innocent Kihika, the secretary Uganda Golf Union, explains that Masindi golf and sports club is an affiliate of Uganda Golf Union and within a next year, they will be receiving support from International Golf Federation (IGF) with guarantee from the government of Uganda and therefore, want the course and golf house preserved for their games.
“As you are aware, this club was founded in 1914 and despite the decline of sporting activities and facilities in the country over past few decades, we must say we are proud that the land for the development of the golf course and renovation of club house still exist. We are further proud that, the structure has been put in place to run the club through the registered trustees of Masindi Golf and Sports club,” the letter reads in parts.
Kihika also stresses that, they have identified Masindi Golf and Sports Club as one of the clubs in Uganda that will be used to promote grass root sports and in particular golf in the country following pilot projects that they have carried out at three up country clubs that he did not mention.
On 10th April 2015 during a full council meeting that was chaired by Patrick Asiimwe, the deputy speaker, Masindi municipality councillors resolved to petition the minster of Land and Natural Resources to have the land title that was registered in the names of registered trustees of Masindi golf and sports club cancelled after the Mayor, Joshua Amanyire, told the meeting that a lot of irregularities had been discovered.
When contacted, the chief administrative officer Masindi district local government, Abdhalla Musobya Kiganda confirmed receiving a letter from Uganda Golf Union but said he does not know what they want and does not know who is frustrating their programmes.
Kiganda added that he is aware that they allocated the land to registered trustees of Masindi Golf and Sports club and it is registered to them until it is reversed by courts of law before acknowledging a complaint lodged by the mayor Masindi municipality, Joshua Amanyire Kiiza protesting the giveaway of the land.
The chairman board of directors Bro Group of companies, Oscar Baitwa Busiinge, denied claims by Masindi Municipal Council that he fraudulently acquires over 40 acres of land belonging to Masindi gold and sports club.
Speaking to our reporter from his home in Masindi town, Baitwa who is also the minister without portfolio in Bunyoro Kitara kingdom said that, some people within Masindi municipal council are alarming the public because they are looking for sympathy vote by misguiding people that there was no golf club here yet they have just come to Masindi recently.