Kananura wins land case

By Sania Babirye

The court of appeal has declared that Kampala businessman Andrew Kansiime commonly known as Desh Kananura is the rightful owner of a three acre land housing his Panamera bar and other businesses located on plot 20 to plot 30 along Saddler Way in Naguru in Kampala district.

The said land was being claimed by Himalaya Traders Limited, Kamukamu Associates Limited, Treasure Trove Uganda Limited, Singh Jetwant, Singh Gulzar, Jamil Kiyemba, Commissioner Land Registration and Uganda Land Commission.

However, three justices of the Court of Appeal led by Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera have declared Kananura as the rightful owner.

The courts registra Susan Kanyange while reading the judgement ruled that the respondents, illegally acquired the leases and titles from Uganda Land Commission and awarded Kananura costs.

The ruling comes after in 2011, Kananura dragged the said traders to court on grounds that he was the bonafide tenant and entitled to be registered as owner and a certificate issued to him accordingly.

The said respondents had certificates but Kananura told court that they had acquired the said tittles through fraudulent means and that they were granted leases of the said land in violation and contempt of a court order issued in 2008 where he was declared the lawful owner of the land.

The respondents however had asked court to dismiss Kananura’s appeal on ground that by the time they git the leases, the said land was unoccupied and undeveloped.

They had also claimed that by the time, the Uganda Land Commission told them mo one owned the said land

Bankers sent to jail for fraud

By Sania Babirye

11 people including Centenary bank employees and Bank of Africa have been arraigned before Buganda road court. They have now been charged with conniving with two personal bankers of centenary bank to defraud over 200 million shillings from a customers bank account through a fake land transaction.

These include: two businessmen 44 year old Mutungi Moses Kashari and ,33 year old Abdul Aziz Kiwalo, 35 year old Zziwa Steven a banking officer with centenary bank Bwaise branch, 31 year old Doka Nasir a branch supervisor ,Musisi Diana Namubiru assistant branch manager ,30 year old Nalumansi Annet banking officer,27 year old Mugumya Joshua a personal banker with centenary bank Mbale branch,32 year old Mukombozi Oscar personal banker with centenary bank Entebbe road branch and 35 year old Kintu Hassan Musoke a personal banker with centenary bank with Jinja branch.

Others include 41 year old Atom Jacqueline a branch manager with Bank of Africa Oasis Mall branch and 31 year old Alunganti Jessica senior relationship officer with bank of Africa Oasis Mall branch.

These have appeared before Buganda road court grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu and denied the said charges .

They have been remanded until the 22nd of December 2020 for mention of their case.

These are charged with offences including forgery, uttering false documents,theft,attempted theft, conspiracy to defraud,and unauthorized disclosure of information.

Its alleged that Muntungi Moses Kashara and others still at large on the 9th of june 2020 in the Kampala district forged an agreement of sale of private Mailo land between Moses Kashara Mitungi and Ignatius Begumisa Katetegirwe with intention to defraud over 200 million shillings from Katetegirwe’s centenary bank account Isingiro branch.

Kashara is also accused of issuing a forged agreement of sale of the said land on the 20th of June 2020 while at NSB advocate and legal consultant office at plot 3 kampala road station house.

Kashara is also accused of stealing about 112 million shillings from Katetegirwe’s account using the centenary bank Bwaise road branch.

Kiwalo Azizi is accused of trying to steal about 400 mlion shillings from Katetegirwe’s account using the Bwaise branch on the 22nd of june, while the 11 of them are charged with conspiracy to defraud 152 million shillings from Katetegirwe’s account from his Isingiro branch account, Mugumya Joshua and Mukomboozi both having access to Katetegirwe’s electronic records disclosed his account details to Mwendya Nelson on the 15th of may 2020.

Nalumansi also is charged with disclosing Katetegirwe’s account to Gerald Mugaga without authority while Kintu Hassan Musoke disclosed Katetegirwe’s account details to Festo Munyagenda and Waswa Rashis without authority on the 13 of may and 19th June 2020 at centenary bank jinja branch in jinja city.

Soldier wipes out family over land

By Robert Segawa

A Uganda People’s Defense Force ( UPDF) soldier has shot dead three family members, leaving one admitted at Lacor hospital in critical condition. The incidence is said to have been caused by a land wrangle.

The suspect has been identified as Corporal Geoffrey Okello attached to 4th Division barracks in Gulu district. He is currently detained at Barracks.

The incident happened on Monday at Vangadi Sub ward in Pece division Gulu municipality.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, Aswa region police spokesperson identified the deceased as Betrice Ajok 52 year’s, her sons Joachim Adong aged 20 years and Owen Norman aged 18 years.

He also identified an eight year old girl Afowe Peace, who is currently receiving treatment at St. Mary’s hospital Lacor.

Okema further adds that the two families have had misunderstandings over a small piece of land which the deceased family have been using for grazing goats.

Four charged for trespassing

By Sania Babirye

Kajjansi magistrate court has charged four people with criminal trespass for trying to evict over 100 families from their land in Kajjansi Wakiso district.

They have appeared before Grade one magistrate Christine Nantenge and denied the charge.

They include Thomas Mbwayo, Ivan Lubowa residents of Sesa Kagulu , Mwasa Samuel a resident of Nakulabye and Mubiru Suraj a resident of Nsangi.

These are part of the 15 people who were arrested in sesa Kagulu in Kajjansi town council Wakiso district by the state house anti corruption unit led by col.Edith Nakalema .

These were trying to evict residents from over 100 families from their land amounting to 4 square miles.

According to prosecution led by Harriet Nakigozi states that between the month of July and December 2019, the suspects conspired with 85 year old Sematimba Kyobe a resident of Buuga in Wakiso district and Walugembe Lawrence a resident of Sesa Kagulu to evict over 100 families from land belonging to Degedege Henry by threatening to harm him.

The court has also issued criminal summons to Walugembe and Sematimba to appear in court on the 27th of January2020 and adjourned the case until then.

Legislators return to parliament today, issues to discuss include land

By Alice Lubwama

The parliament of Uganda resumes business today 6th after a one month recess.

While sending Members of Parliament for recess ,the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya asked them to consult their voters on the issues affecting them and then report back to the house to take a decision.

The recess period has been an action packed one, with several incidences being reported in various communities including several reports of land evictions especially for Bibanja owners the recent being in  Lusanja Parish at Ssekanyonyi Zone, Nangabo Sub-County Wakiso District where over 70 families were evicted and 350 houses destroyed affecting over 550 people.

The speaker Kadaga also promised that she will prioritize the issue of land evictions as first business to be discussed by parliament to find a solution, saying she had also received a number of complaints
from Ugandans who have been evicted from their land with out any compensation.

In 2016  president Museveni appointed a commission of inquiry headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to probe an array of issues pertaining to the land sector in Uganda.

The commission  was tasked to inquire into “ the effectiveness of the land law and process of land acquisition, land administration, management and land registration.”

Army big shot issued with arrest warrant over land

By Sania Babirye
The commander of Reserve Forces Maj. Gen. Charles Otema Awany  has been  issued with a warrant of arrest  by the Land probe commission  following his failure to return before the commission as ordered before.

The senior army official is being investigated  by the commission on allegations that he illegally evicted over  6000 people from their land  from Obira Parish in Nwoya district.

This is after the alleged victims led by a one Pierino Jathim from the Jonam tribe appeared before the commission and accused the General of grabbing their land.

The said land is being contested for by the Acholis and the Jonam tribes.

However when General Otema appeared before the commission on the 17th of August, he denied the allegations calling them politically motivated.

He was later ordered by the commission chair Justice Catherine Bamugemeire to re-appear on the 20th of August which he failed to honour forcing justice Bamugemeire to re-summon and issue a warrant of arrest for him.

He has now been ordered to be produced before the commission not later than the 3rd of September next week before the same commission for further interrogation.

In his defense,  General Otema claims that  all the land he has, he aquired it legally and also advised thd commission to investigate whether the land initially  belonged to the Acholis or Jonams before it was turned into public land .

Buganda caucus to oppose land amendment bill

By Daudi Zirimala

The Makindye Municipality legislator, Ssempala Kigozi says they foiled the planned deal by government to bribe members of parliament to pass the proposed forceful acquisition of land in land amendment bill.

Speaking to the Baganda of Buganda Bulange ,Kigozi said that the proposed land amendment bill will be soon back in parliament but as the Buganda caucus they have vowed to oppose the bill.
He has rallied the masses to support their Members of Parliament to oppose this bill on land because it’s a sinister move to forcefully make Ugandans landless.

President’s office distances itself from minister Amongi’s claims about compensation

By Sania Babirye
The troubled Lands Minister Betty Amongi has been disowned by the office of the president in relation to withdrawing huge sums of tax payers money from the land fund  to compensate alleged claimants.
Minister Amongi had claimed that she was   directed  by the president’s  office while she was being grilled by the land probe commission over illegal compensations.
However while appearing before the same commission chaired by justice Catherine Bamugemeire, the principle private secretary to the president Molly Kamukama rather denied the allegations and explained that when petitions concerning land matters reach her office , she usually writes back and  directs the relevant ministry to manage, investigate the complaint and after investigations then writes a report back to the minister.
Kamukama revealed that instead,  minister Amongi undermined the  directives by directly taking it upon herself to withdraw money from the land fund without reporting back to the office of the president or being cleared by the same office as required.
Last week , Minister Betty Amongi told the land probe commission that  she  received several directives from the president to urgently pay- off beneficiaries of  the Uganda Land fund ; whose land has been taken over by government for either settlement or  economic development .
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has for that matter suggested to Kamukama that the office of the president should not  even wait for the commission’s report and recommendations  but to immediately  deal with such people who steal money from the land fund and deprive off the right beneficiaries.

Lands minister Amongi accused of grabbing land

By Sania Babirye
An Indian Family has dragged the minister of Lands Betty Amongi to the Land probe commission accusing her of using her position as minister to steal their Family property  valued  at 5 billion shillings in Kampala that belonged to their departed parents.
While appearing before the seven member team chaired by justice Catherine Bamugemeire, a one Tashak Partel testified that before the  expulsion of Indian nationals, his grand parents were the registered  proprietors of plot 29 on Acacia avenue which was later entrusted to the Departed Asian custodian board .
Partel explained that in 1995 his family returned back to Uganda  an upon return, his mother Mandakini Manubai Partel re-possessed the said property in which she appointed him as the care taker of the said property.
He says that as a care taker,he rented the property out  to a telecom company -Midcom Ltd but in December 2017, he received a letter from a company called AMOBET investments Ltd asking his Asian family  to vacate the property because it was a government property since it had never been repossessed.
 He adds that in top of that on the 15th of February this year, minister Amongi  using the Ministry’s letter head  wrote to his lawyers of Bitangaro and company advocates summoning  him  to appear at the headquarters of the  Ministry of land Headquarters  to be grilled on allegations that there were forged documents including a land tittle and a certificate of re-possession of the property.
Partel has further revealed that he instructed his lawyer to ascertain the legality and ownership of AMOBET  company  in the registrar of companies and they later discovered that minister Amongi owns 66% of AMOBET company  while a one Cate Odongo owns the remaining 44%.
He has now told the land probe commission that the minister is using her influence to steal their property.
The allegations comes after the minister failed to appear before the commission ladt week to explain the alleged corruption in the land fund in which senior citizens including John Nagenda informed the commission that conmen are being compensated by the land fund instead of the rightful beneficiaries including him for their land given to government.
However Justice Catherine Bamugemeire insisted that the minister will be re-summoned to appear in person to explain the corruption allegations.

UPDF evicts herdsmen off oil refinery land

Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has taken control of the oil refinery land in Kabaale parish Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district.
It follows a directive by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to the army to take immediate control of the oil.   The Hoima Resident District Commissioner, John Stephen Ekoom, says UPDF has deployed a battalion at Nyahaira primary school to avert further encroachment on the oil refinery land by herdsmen and cultivators.
Last week, security operatives forcefully evicted a group of herdsmen and cultivators from the oil refinery land following the expiry of the ultimatum issued to them to vacate voluntarily in vain.

According to Ekoom, UPDF will conduct routine patrols on the oil refinery land and pick up whoever is found trespassing.

Government acquired the 29 square miles of the oil refinery land in 2012 to pave way for the construction works.