According to Ekoom, UPDF will conduct routine patrols on the oil refinery land and pick up whoever is found trespassing.
President Museveni has warned Best Kemigisa, the Queen Mother of Tooro Kingdom against carrying out illegal land evictions.
Museveni issued the warning while appearing on Voice of Tooro radio station in Fort Portal on Wednesday night as part of his nationwide campaign to explain the proposed Constitutional amendments on land.
The warning stems from complaints from some callers against the Queen mother. Steven Mugurusi, a resident of Kitumba requested the President to reign in on Kemigisa. In his response Museveni directed Kemigisa to stop the evictions, saying they are contrary to the law. “The law is very clear; no one should be evicted from their land. That person (Kemigisa) should stop,” Museveni said.
Kemigisa has in the past come under criticism for evicting families using Uganda Peoples’ Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers attached to the security detail of King Oyo. Some of the families are in Kitumba and Kidukuru villages in Fort Portal. Last year, Kemigisa threatned to evict more than 70 families from a piece of land measuring 25 acres in Kitumba. She said that she wants to use the land to construct a school.
Museveni also said that should the evictions persist, the actions of Kemigisa should be brought to the attention of the local leaders in the district and action taken. “It’s good you have told me who is evicting people from their land. This should stop and the leaders in the district should take note and do something”, Museveni said.
In May, Tooro Elders under their umbrella, Isaazi lyAbaantu Bakuru Ba Tooro petitioned the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Land Commission over Kemigisa’s actions. On the controversial leasing of crater lakes to Ferdsult Engineering Services Limited by Kabarole district local government, Museveni said that the investor should have thoroughly consulted the community surrounding the lakes before restocking the lakes.
“The fishermen have been using the lakes for a long time, they should have been consulted before restocking started. I don’t see any problem with both parties sitting to find an amicable solution”, Museveni said. Kabarole District Local government in 2015 allegedly leased twenty crater lakes to Ferdsult Engineering Services Limited to restock them with Fish.
This prompted Kichwamba Sub County residents to challenge the matter in court. In June Fort Portal High Court Resident Judge, Justice Anthony Ojok Ayuko cancelled the deal citing irregularities. Ferdsult and Kabarole district local government have since appealed the judgment.
By Sania Babirye
The chairman of the Uganda Land Commission Baguma Isoke has told the Land probe that a file containing application, valuation and inspection forms plus the lease offer agreements to Movit proprietor Simpson Birungi in regards to plot 60-62 Aldina road in Jinja town was stolen from the commission’s registry.
Isoke has been testifying before the commission on how the said land which had been leased out to Jinja Municipal council fraudulently ended up in the hands of Birungi .
Isoke has said that no information can be traced from the commission’s records because the file vanished from the registry 2 years before he assumed office on the 2nd/February 2014.
However when asked by the commission to explain the circumstances under which this theft could have happened , Isoke said he did not know because access to the registry is only by permitted staff who even record movement of any documents.
The commission has however given Isoke a 2 weeks ultimatum to report back with a solution on how the said land can get back in the hands of government.
The chairman will also be required to explain to the commission how military land in Kapeka and National Fisheries Research Institute land in Wailaka was leased out to individuals.
By Sania Babirye
The land commission of inquiry chair Justice Catherine Bamugemeire has ordered for the immediate arrest of the senior registrar of titles in the ministry of lands and urban development Lwera Atalo Bwogere for issuing titles in wetlands.
Atalo who was appearing before the seven member commission was arrested and taken to Wandegeya police station after justice Catherine Bamugemeire accused her of giving contradicting evidence regarding issuing of land titles in wetlands especially in Wakiso district.
On Thursday, the commission discovered that land titles were issued in Kijabijo wetland under her order however Atolo angered justice Catharine Bamugemeire when she alleged that she was not aware that the land was a wetland while she was issuing the said land titles.
37 year old Atalo has been working in the ministry for the past 12 years and before she became a senior registrar of titles she was stationed at Wakiso district.
The said titles are said to have been issued between 20th January 2016 to 8th February same year.
By Sania Babirye
City tycoon Ephraim Ntanganda has been accused by a 79 year old man of stealing his forest amounting to five hectares found in Wakiso district.
Dezidelio Kasujja revealed this while appearing before the land commission of inquiry being chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemeire.
He has told the commission that Ntanganda connived with the NFA Executive director to clear his forest containing 150 bee hives and 12 acres of Eucalyptus trees in march 2016.
Kasujja has further told the commission that on that fateful day Ntaganda who was escorted by police men dressed in uniform brought in tractors to clear the forest found in Kajjansi in his presence.
After the incident Ntanganda is alleged to have sold off the trees and the bee hives and bared him from trespassing on the former forest.
Kasujja has now asked the land prob to visit the locus for more clarity.
In March 1997 Kasujja is said to have acquired the virgin forest for re development from the National Forestry Authority .
Ntanganda is expected to take a stand this afternoon to defend himself on the said allegations.
By Wasswa Deo
A consortium of civil society organizations in Uganda has condemned the ongoing land conflicts in Amuru.
The group led by the country acting director Action Aid Uganda Christine Aboke says government must come up with a lasting solution to end cases of land conflicts in the country.
According to the joint statement they have released, they are demanding a commission of Inquiry into the land matters headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire be allowed to pursue the Apaa case immediately and come up with concrete recommendations to address the matter.
Among other demands, the group demands that government urgently revisits its commitment to gazette the East Madi game reserve which has been a source of dispute and violent conflict over the year.
The land disputes in Apaa Parish started after part of Pabbo Sub County, in Amuru district was forcefully demarcated as part of Adjumani amidst protests from Amuru residents. The area under contention covers 20 square kilometers of land located in a contested wildlife reserve gazetted in 2002.
The consortium members say it’s unfortunate that the conflicts are affecting more women and children who are considered to be the most vulnerable group.
The land conflicts in Apaa has resulted into 8 people losing their lives and injured more than 20 others.
However, a team of cultural leaders and government officials led by the Acholi paramount chief of Ker Kal Acholi on Thursday visited people who have been displaced at the Apaa Trading Center.
The victims have also accepted food relief that they had rejected initially.
The acceptance came after a visit by the State Minister for Primary Health Care (PHC) Joyce Kaducu who practically cooked and ate the food to confirm that it was free of poison .
According to Amuru district Chairperson Michael Lakony, the distribution will begin today, Friday, with the most vulnerable people including the elderly, injured, children and those suffering from severe hunger.
He says up to 7,000 people have been registered for food relief.