The Civil Division of the High Court will concurrently hear the suits arising from the land dispute in Lusanja Wakiso District.
The land in contention is on plots 206 and 671 at Sekanyonyi in Mpererwe
The first suit was filed by Medard Kiconco the Proprietor of
Lex Man Industries Limited against the Attorney General seeking to be
compensated since he claims ownership of the land in question.
Kiconco also filed another suit against Persis Namuganza the
State Minister for Lands in her individual capacity, Kampala Capital City
Authority and 19 other individuals who are currently occupying the said land.
In this suit, Kiconco demanded that court should declare that the
land in question belongs to him and the occupants are on the land illegally and
should be evicted.
However, in the course of hearing this matter, 128 other occupants
on the land were added onto this suit as defendants after they also claimed to
be bonafide occupants.
The third suit, however, was filed by three Administrators of the
Estate of the late Manjeri Lunkuse Namasole against three others including
Kiconco, Commissioner Land Registration and Paul Bitarabeho Katabazi who
are said to have fraudulently sold the contentious land to Kiconco.
The Administrators of Namasole’s land who include Gertrude Kaveebukasa,
Ruth Magala Nanyunja and Stevenson Semwanga in their suit also say that the said
occupants are on the land illegally on grounds that they obtained land titles fraudulently.
These, however, need court to direct the occupants either to
restore the land to the estate of late Namasole or refund shillings 2 billion
for plots 206 and 671.
All the parties through their lawyers appeared before High Court
Civil Division Judge Tadeo Asiimwe and were advised to consolidate the suits
since they all seem to have related facts.
Meanwhile, all the defendants, in this case, have decried before
court issues of intimidation from Kiconco. They allege that he intimidates them
with the help of security forces.
For stance, Lawyer Apollo Kazungu said that his clients had been
intimidated and were told to withdraw their case.
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However, Justice Asiimwe wondered why it was only three out of
hundreds of people in the matter that were allegedly being intimidated.
Asiimwe has now directed Kazungu to bring his clients before
him next week so that they can clarify to him what the issue is.
Also, Lawyers Lukwago, Luyimbazi and Kiwanuka who represent 128
people of Lusanja have put up a spirited fight before court stating that some
of their clients have been intimidated by Kiconco who reportedly forces them to
sign some documents.