On Tuesday, a team of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF officials led by Major General James Mugira, the Director General of the National Enterprise Corporation visited the disputed area and conducted an Ariel survey using UPDF helicopters.
It covers several villages including Ssunga, Nabugabo, Bukumbula, Kigo, Nakatooke, Kasasa, Kisosa and Bbaale among others. On Tuesday, a team of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF officials led by Major General James Mugira, the Director General of the National Enterprise Corporation visited the disputed area and conducted an Ariel survey using UPDF helicopters.
After the survey, Mugira, his team, Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Joe Walusimbi and LC V Chairman, Jude Mbabaali convened a meeting with some of the affected residents in Bukakata.
Mugira explained that they had agreed to exclude the areas where farmers are directly affected as well as compensate those who genuinely own land in the affected areas. Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka LC V Chairman, said they had struck a win-win deal to settle the long standing land feud.
He explained that following the fresh, evaluation the affected families have now reduced to 112. According to Mbabaali, UPDF has agreed to stay the eviction until the affected families are compensated adequately. He says they neutral valuer will be hired to determination the compensation for the affected people.
In 2014, Government launched a plan to establish an Air Force Base in the area because of its strategic location. UPDF attempted to evict hundreds of people from the disputed land sparking protests from the affected people, saying they need compensation.
Last year, another team of Government officials led by Baguma Isoke, the Chairperson Uganda Land Commission rushed to Bukakata to compensate the affected residents. But the residents ejected the compensation package, saying it was too little.
Florence Namayanja, the Bukoto East MP, rallied residents to resist eviction until they are compensated appropriately. This forced President Yoweri Museveni to rush to the area in 2015 where he met the affected residents and persuaded them to leave.
Museveni promised to send a team of Government Valuers to evaluate the resident's property to pave way for their compensation.