On Tuesday, Otafire claimed that he is in possession of the land title and tasked Khan to prove otherwise that he actually has receipts of ground rent for the property since he claims to be a Kibanja owner.
The Minister for Internal Affairs designate,
Gen Kahinda Otafire has defended his ownership of the contested nine-acre piece
of land in Munyonyo, Makindye division.
The land is under contention between
businessman, Amdan Khan who claims to have bought the land near the Catholic Martyrs
Shrine in Munyonyo in 1979 from a one Temaligwe Afanasic, which he holds as a
Otafire on the other hand claims he bought the
land in 2011 from Christopher Obey, the jailed former principal accountant in
the Ministry of Public Service. The dispute escalated on Thursday last week
when security with links to Otafire reportedly destroyed property on the
On Tuesday, Otafire claimed that he is in
possession of the land title and tasked Khan to prove otherwise that he
actually has receipts of ground rent for the property since he claims to be a
Kibanja owner. A kibanja holder is a person who settled on land in Buganda as a
customary tenant with the consent of the land Mailo owners.
Addressing journalists shortly after appearing before the Appointments
Committee of Parliament for vetting for his new ministerial appointment, Otafire said that he will secure an order from the court
restraining Khan from interfering with his land.
He also refuted claims that he destroyed
property on the disputed land, saying that it is the police that went to the
area. Otafire says that the claimant is a young man whose claims of purchasing
the contested land in 1979 are false.
He also says that there is no
record anywhere to the effect that Khan owned the contested land or resided on
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Asked why his name keeps coming up in the land
disputes including the contention over the Njeru stock farmland, Otafire
said that he was exonerated since he acquired the land genuinely and has the
land title. Both Otafire and Khan have filed cases at Katwe Police
In 2019 Parliament chaired by the then Speaker
Rebecca Kadaga, tasked Otafire to explain the circumstances under, which he
took over land belonging to Njeru Stock Farm. The 1,099-acre farm
located at Bukaya West Village, in Njeru municipality, is one of the government
farms managed under the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank.
The land hosts a demonstration farm, breeding center and research center
among other facilities. However, Up to 504 acres of the farm have been lost fraudulently
to private individuals.