In a Baraza meeting organized by the division, it emerged that in 2008, the then Kabarole district land board wrote to Karambi Sub-county area land committee to carry out an inspection and ascertain Baguma's land ownership rights on the said land.
Residents from four villages of Butebe Ward in Fort portal City North division want the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development to cancel the title for land comprising block 63 belonging to the late Crescent Baguma, a former businessman in Fort portal citing eviction threats.
The land title covers land measuring 24 hectares, which is home to 31 households in Butebe, Kinyamahamba, Mukaburara, and Mbuzi villages. Early this year, three residents attempted to sell off their land but met resistance from some members of Baguma's family, who threatened to evict the residents.
Some of the residents approached the Fort portal City land board to process titles for their land only to learn that the late Baguma had already secured a land title in 2008 yet they inherited the land for their late great grandparents. It is from this background that the residents led by Happy Stephen, Michael Musana, Paddy Kyomuhendo, Mwesige Charles, Benjamin Mwebaze, and Sanyu William among others have petitioned the Fort portal City North Division Mayor, Joseph Mashuhuko for redress.
In a Baraza meeting organized by the division, it emerged that in 2008, the then Kabarole district land board wrote to Karambi Sub-county area land committee to carry out an inspection and ascertain Baguma's land ownership rights on the said land. The committee land board was also expected to record Baguma's neighbors, which was never done.
Tasked to explain how his client secured the title for the contested land, Baguma's lawyer, Herbart Kwikiriza didn't give a satisfactory answer. He also failed to prove that his client owned the contested land since it was only the area LC1 chairperson who signed his papers and none of his neighbors were involved.
The meeting resolved that since Baguma's family couldn’t prove ownership of the contested land for which their late father secured a title, a caveat be instituted on the land as steps to cancel the title commence. While releasing a conclusive report following the boundary opening exercise on Tuesday, the Fort portal City North division Mayor, Mashuhuhuko, said the report indicates that Baguma has never bought nor inherited any land in the division.
It was from this background that he said his office is in the process of petitioning the state house anti-corruption unit to investigate all those implicated in the land scandal.