Luweero Land Board Ignores Order to Cancel Contentious Title

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The contested land measuring over 120.9 hectares is occupied by more than 500 families in Luweero and Butuntumula Sub Counties.

Fresh protests have emerged in Luweero over ownership of a piece of land whose title was supposed to be cancelled on the orders of former State Minister for Lands Aida Nantaba. The contested land measuring over 120.9 hectares is occupied by more than 500 families in Luweero and Butuntumula Sub Counties.

Hassan Ssegawa the Chairperson of Bulemeezi Rice and Wheat Growers Cooperative Society says that the residents secured tenancy on the said land in 1962. However, upon expiry of their lease in 2006, the district land board offered a 44-year lease to Milton Mujuni the proprietor of Mark 11 Marketing Services Limited, without consideration of the occupants.

In 2012, the then State Minister for Lands Aidah Nantaba blocked ordered Bukalasa Land office to cancel the transaction and renew the lease of residents united under Bulemeezi Rice and Wheat Growers Cooperative Society.

However, Ssegawa says the directive was disregarded and the land has now been transferred to a Chinese investor.
 
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During the same year, 2012, Hajji Abdul Nadduli, the then LC V Chairman of Luweero invited Sudanese investors under Goodman International Company to grow sugarcane in the disputed land but residents staged protests against the plan.

The residents have now petitioned the newly appointed State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza to intervene and block their possible eviction.

Samuel Kasoma, one of the affected residents alleges that officials at Bukalasa Land office and the District Land Board profited from the transaction and sold-out the resident. He however hastens to add that residents are determined to resist eviction.
 
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On Tuesday, more than 500 residents besieged Luweero LC V Chairman Ronald Ndawula demanding that Bukalasa Land office and the district land board be investigated for insubordination. Ndawula says he has received reports that the district land board issued the new lease without carrying out due diligence.

Ndawula has summoned the district board on Friday next week to explain why they disregarded the directive to cancel the land title or face disciplinary action.
 
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Luweero District Surveyor Ivan Serwambala and Paul Kintu, the chairperson of the District Land Board declined to comment on the matter.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.