Rwanyamahembe Town Council authorities in Mbarara District and
Kashari Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society are embroiled in a land dispute.
The disputed land is currently occupied by Kashari Dairy Farmers
Cooperative Society which constructed a milk plant. The land which measures one acre is located in Bwizibwera- Rutooma Town
council, was allocated to Uganda Dairy Cooperation by the Government in the 1990s.
Alex Mutatiina, the Rwanyamahembe Town Clerk says the issue came
to light after the council resolved to form an audit committee to follow up on
all government property in the area including the land.
He says during the investigations, they found out the land and all
property including the generator, the cooler, and dairy plant,
belonged to the government. He also said that there are no documents to prove there was transfer of property.
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The Chairperson of the committee Reuben Komunda says that members of Kashari Dairy Farmers
Cooperative Society, who are claiming the land have no documents to prove ownership.
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Rwanyamahembe Town Council Chairperson Peterson Kakuru says the
current Kashari Dairy cooperative inherited what belonged to the then Uganda Dairy Cooperation-UDC.
According to Kakuru, they only allowed the cooperative to operate from the UDC property.
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Adam Barigye, a member of Kashari Dairy Farmers Cooperative
Society says they own the land since it was given to them by the then Dairy
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David Muleesa the Manager of Kashari Dairy Farmers Cooperative
society questions the motive of the town council authorities. He adds that they
have all documents of the land in question.