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Lawyer Kamoga Asked to Abandon Claim on Butabika Wetland

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According to Justice Bamugemereire, since Kamoga conceded the titles were issued irregularly, the most prudent thing for him to do is to drop his suit against government filed under MOSKAM Contracting Limited.
Members of the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

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The Justice Bamugemereire Land Commission has asked city lawyer, Moses Kamoga to give up his claim on 10 acres of land in Butabika wetland. The Commission gave Kamoga a two week's ultimatum to withdraw a case he filed in court against government for cancelling his land titles.

The Commission chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire directed Kamoga to present to the Commission even that he has dropped the case. 

Kamoga, 43, served as the chairman Nakawa Area Land Committee between 2006 and 2009. He is a serving member of the Kampala District Land Board.

In March 2017, Kamoga sued government after the then acting Commissioner Land Registration, Robert Opio notified him about the process of cancelling his land titles, saying they were issued irregularly. 

According to Justice Bamugemereire, since Kamoga conceded the titles were issued irregularly, the most prudent thing for him to do is to drop his suit against government filed under MOSKAM Contracting Limited. 

"There is a problem happening with the aid of lawyers. Everybody knows there is a shoreline in Luzira, Namanve and you take government to court?" Bamugemereire questioned. 

Commissioner George Bagonza also wondered how Kamoga would sue government yet he illegally acquired a title for land in wetland.

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Earlier on,  the Commission Assistant Lead Counsel, Andrew Odiit tasked Kamoga to explain how he obtained clearance from the National Environment Management Authority to acquire land in Butabika Wetland. 

In his response, Kamoga said he didn't get clearance from the Authority when he set up a fish farming project in the wetland. Commissioner Robert Ssebunnya then insisted that Kamoga makes a commitment in light of his admission about the irregularities. 

Kamoga said he was very certain that he would withdraw the case. He however, said he would first make extensive legal consultations to ensure that his concession will not be used against him in the event he withdrawals the case from the Land Court.