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Land Dispute Threatens Nyendo-Masaka Road Works

Frank Takaya, a businessman in Masaka town has denied the contractor access through his plot of land located adjacent to the road under construction, arguing that he was not compensated for his property yet he has a title over it.

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 A land dispute between Masaka Municipal Council and a local businessman is threatening the tarmacking of the Nyendo-Masaka road.

In October last year, the Ministry of Works commissioned major construction works of Broadway road which runs from Nyendo through Masaka town to Masaka-Mbarara bypass that has for long been in poor shape. 

Government contracted a Chinese firm, Chongquin International Construction Corporation Limited, 35.9 Billion Shillings which also commenced with major repairs on a 4.8-kilometre road.

However, the contractor is finding it hard to open the route for the road’s expansion in some parts due to the land dispute.

Frank Takaya, a businessman in Masaka town has denied the contractor access through his plot of land located adjacent to the road under construction, arguing that he was not compensated for his property yet he has a title over it.

For the last eight years, Takaya has been battling Masaka Municipal Council in courts of law after he was blocked from developing plot 1735 located on Block 325 in Nyendo, which the municipal council claims are within the road reserve.

Takaya argues that in addition to having a valid lease offer and a certified title deed on the same piece of land, the previous Masaka municipal council physical planner had earlier approved his structural plan to develop the same land, but to his disappointment, he was later blocked from proceeding with the construction without a clear explanation.

According to Takaya, despite defeating the Municipality twice in courts of law, the municipal authorities have since remained adamant to the extent of attempting to block his compensation from the government before the road is expanded into his plot.

In the meantime, Takaya is frustrating with the project after he failed to vacate the disputed plot to pave way for the works and also dragged Masaka Municipal council to Court of Appeal for blocking his compensation.


//Cue in; (Luganda) “nze nanyini….. 

Cue out; ….nabigula na ssente.”//

Emmanuel Gakyalo, the Deputy TownClerk for Masaka Municipality, however, indicates that they appealed against the High Court judgment that had upheld Takaya’s ownership.

Gakyalo says that the land title was issued in error and that the Constitutional Court judges ruled that it was issued in a road reserve; whose ownership is only entrusted to the government.

William Muwanguzi, the Masaka Municipality Principal Law Enforcement Officer says they have applied to the court to permit them to demolish Takaya’s structures to allow the project to proceed.

He indicates that despite having an approved structure plan from the Municipal council, his plan crossed his boundaries and encroached onto the road reserve.

//Cue in; “bw’okwata ebbali….  

Cue out; …..ettaka lyayina.”//  

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