In Luweero district, more than 300 women occupying part of 1,208 hectares belonging to Mbaale Central forest reserve in Luweero district say they have nothing to celebrate due to the planned eviction and harassment by officials of National Forestry Authority-NFA.
During a council meeting chaired, the Masaka municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba Afayo says that they were surprised to receive a notice from lawyers, acting on behalf of a businessman Emanuel Lwasa Kawesi, instructing tenants to vacate the building within 90 days. Kayemba says that Lwasa once claimed to be a tenant at the building but he is surprised that he is claiming ownership of the building.
The first meeting with the district officials was successful and was well attended. However, hell broke loose when Wangadya and her team descended to the adjacent Jinja municipal committee room only to find empty seats and were ushered in by the cleaner.
Through his lawyer Solomon Webale Araali of KGN Advocates, Stephen Irumba accuses the government of grabbing 200 of his 500 acres of land in Rwentuha Sub County in Kyegegwa district and turning it into a refugee settlement area. In September last year, officials from the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees started settling more than 100 families on the land, a move Irumba says is illegal. This was after the officials surveyed the land and claimed it belonged to the government.
The operation code named tooth and nail kicked off on Wednesday when authorities raided a piece of land that is under dispute between one Ronald Kitooke and Luweero district. Records indicate that Luweero district bought the land from Catherine Nakigudde, a daughter of Ibrahim Katumba Ssegawa in 1994, but Ronald Kitooke also claims ownership of the same land.
Christopher Oketayot, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Luweero District, says they have asked the complainant to stop the proposed redevelopment of the land until they retrieve the sale agreement between the district and the Late Musaazi.
The proposal was subject for debate in a council meeting held last week, where it was suggested that the district uses part of the allocation for the Walukuba Estate resettlement plan to procure transport means for the Mayor and the Town Clerk.
Kayemba says the municipal council endorsed the allocation under the public private partnership deal. He says this means that the businessman will construct an arcade but they will share it with the municipality.
Samuel Wakadala, the chairman of the area land committee says Abubaker Kirunda used the forged documents purportedly from Mpumudde/Kimaka area land committee office, to illegally acquire 27 hectares of government land.
Legislators today tasked ULC chairperson, Baguma Isoke to explain how the commission bypassed the Mbale Municipal Council and gave away the land without due diligence. Isoke admitted that the commission faulted in not verifying the applications for the land without consulting the municipal physical planning committee.
Erenewo Muyimba, one of the victims of the impending eviction tells Uganda Radio Network that unknown people have issued eviction notices to residents including a protestant church in the area with an ultimatum of 60 days. Such eviction notices were also issued last year to the same group.