Adhoc committee investigating the Nakawa-Naguru land row has summoned the
Ministers of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and that of Local Government.
Dan Atwijukire Kimosho, the Adhoc committee chairperson ruled that Judith Nabakooba
and Raphael Magyezi should be formally summoned after his committee received
information that they had not turned up for the meeting because they received
the invitation late.
But Kimosho said that the invitations had been sent out on Monday. He directed
the committee clerk to summon the two ministers saying that they should also
come together with the members of the Uganda Land Commission- ULC.
Last week, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among named a nine-member Adhoc
committee to inquire into the Nakawa-Naguru land row.
The committee was also tasked to probe the conflict among Ministers in the
Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development. Among directed the committee
to report back to the House in two weeks.
committee on Thursday sent away the Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan
Affairs, Hajjat Minsa Kabanda who had appeared together with the Principal
Legal Officer, Claire Olaki.
This is after they failed to respond to a section of questions asked by the MPs.
Olaki told the committee that the Uganda Land Commission –ULC and Attorney
General should be able to provide an update of the land’s current status.
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The failure to respond to questions angered the Tororo Woman MP, Sarah Opendi
who said that the committee would not proceed without the KCCA technical team.
Kimosho then directed that KCCA should ascertain whether there are approved
plans for construction at Naguru and report back to the committee immediately.
He said that if the developers have no approved plans, they should be stopped.
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Kabanda pledged to stop any construction once her Ministry ascertains that
those constructing have no approved plans.
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Deputy Speaker named the Adhoc committee, the Minister of State for Lands Sam
Mayanja had asked the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja to intervene in the row
over the ownership of the Nakawa-Naguru land after different companies claimed
ownership of sections of land, despite President’s approval for re-allocation.
Mayanja’s letter to Nabbanja dated February 23 came after his visit to the
disputed land where he also halted any developments due to ongoing disputes.
Earlier, Mayanja had petitioned the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) Chairperson
regarding allegations of illegal allocation and issuance of multiple titles to
Reports indicate that Multi Consults Designs Limited, which was given 3.3 acres
on the land through a consent agreement with the Attorney General, accuses ULC
of reallocating some plots of the piece of land to other developers who have
gone ahead to fence off the area.
Media reports say that plots belonging to Multi Consults Designs Limited have
been reallocated to companies identified as WASH, GASH, EACOM, Global, and Fakhruddin.
In 2019, the government repossessed the 80-acre piece of land from Opec Prime
developer for failure to establish a Satellite City, and ULC was then tasked to
find viable investors to develop the land.
In November last year, Mayanja submitted a list of 18 developers that the ULC
had vetted and approved for the allocation of 50 acres. A total of 10 acres
would be allocated to the Uganda Heart Institute and 15 acres to the Internal
Medicine Virginia PC. 5 acres are occupied by government institutions.
However, President Yoweri Museveni is yet to respond to Mayanja’s letter seeking
the reallocation of land.
The land in question has been embroiled in controversy since 2007 after it was
given out to Opec Prime Properties Limited to construct a satellite city. In
2018, Cabinet resolved to terminate the contract with Opec Prime Properties
after it defaulted on its obligations.
The land was then repossessed by the ULC which was supposed to reallocate it to