he plaintiffs; Godfrey Yiga, Aggrey Wakasi, Isiko Baguma, Nayi Yiga and George William Keleba are currently suspicious that the defendant may be playing delaying tactics to find ways of convincing court to dismiss their and has started preparing gardens for the nucleus estate.
Residents in Buvuma district who sought court order
for proper valuation of properties by Vegetable Oil Development Project-VODP
are planning to proceed their case following the delayed process of
Five residents on behalf of others through their
lawyers of Mukasa Lugalambi Advocates and Solicitors, petitioned the High Court
of Mukono on March 2018 seeking orders of proper valuation of properties before
the defendant takes over their respective portions of land.
However, the defendant (VODP) which turned into
National Oil Palm Project-NOPP requested for meditation outside court before
it agreed to carry out new valuation for the dissatisfied residents.
The plaintiffs; Godfrey Yiga, Aggrey Wakasi, Isiko
Baguma, Nayi Yiga and George William Keleba are currently suspicious that the
defendant may be playing delaying tactics to find ways of convincing court to
dismiss their and has started preparing gardens for the nucleus estate.
George William Keleba claims a portion of land
measuring 36 acres but was only compensated for 12 acres but the entire
title of tenancy was taken and he later ordered to vacate the land.
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Godfrey Yiga says a number of people were undervalued
but their efforts to achieve justice has been failed by most of the district authorities.
He notes that since petitioning court, several other residents have been
contacting with similar complaints.
This week, a family of Hassan Mutekanga and Nuru
Nabirye were arrested for threatening workers from Buvuma Oil Palm Uganda
Limited-BOPUL who turned up to clear their gardens. NOPP claimed compensating
the family but the family insists that their property was undervalued.
In the petition, the plaintiff accuses the defendant
for making false valuation and in some cases introduced ghost beneficiaries in
respect of the plaintiff’s land thereby fleecing their rights of benefit.
“The defendant’s officials are now threatening the
plaintiffs with forceful eviction before they are fully and adequately compensated
for their land,” the petition reads in parts.
Kwagala Nantongo, a resident at Kirongo says has never
attended any engagement of vacating land but was surprised to be contacted by
the project notifying her to vacate the land.
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NOPP District Project Coordinator Gerald Epai notes that
they have not given up on the process of re-valuating dissatisfied farmers
appealing to them stay calm for they are yet to start on the process.
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The District Deputy Resident Commissioner Juma Kigongo
reveals that his office receives a number complaints from residents claiming
under valuation and delayed compensations. He however appeals to them stick to
amicable ways of handling matters than violence which may scare investors.