Work at Wakiso district headquarters was grounded to a halt following a raid by the newly constituted State House Anti-corruption Unit.
A team of army officers and police officers under the unit stormed the district headquarters around 11:30am today and sealed it off, taking special interest in the lands office.
Some of the officers deployed strategically around the offices to block members of the public from accessing it. They zeroed in on Block D, which hosts the zonal land offices and rounded up surveyors, land officials and brokers. Wakiso district handles nearly 80% of all land transactions in the country.
The team also confiscated all electronic gadgets from the land officers and their clients who had come to process their land titles. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the operation was prompted by complaints of corruption from members of the public against the land officials.
Our reporter saw a team of scene of crime officers perusing through documents and interrogating the officers. Don Wanyama, the press secretary to president said that the unit was on a covert operation.
The raid was led by State House Anti-corruption Unit head, Lt Col Edith Nakalema with the help of the elite presidential guards, regular army and police officers. This is the second such raid at Wakiso district in less than two years following a similar one by the Land Probe Commission in June 2017.