UGANDA, Mbarara | Real Muloodi News | Mbarara City leaders have urged the government to swiftly obtain titles and open up borders for government land that is being targeted by land grabbers.
According to Robert Kanunsu, the Deputy City Resident Commissioner in Mbarara, they have received intelligence suggesting that several land grabbers are seeking government land and that some private developers have acquired titles for the public land already.
According to information gathered from the Resident City Commissioner’s office, land grabbers are planning to seize 500 hectares from Mbarara City Council.
This contains 44.766 hectares in Karugyembe Katojo in Nyakayonjo, 100 hectares in Kyarwabuganda, 150 hectares of surveyor’s land, and 114 hectares in Rwenjeru.
He claims that several government representatives, notably Judith Nabakooba, Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, have made numerous empty pledges to expand the limits of government land.
The sluggish procedure for obtaining a land title at the Ministry of Lands Zonal Offices in Kamukuzi, according to Kyabwisho Gumisirizak, the Mayor of Mbarara City North Division, makes government land susceptible to grabbing.
He says that Kyarwabuganda land where the Health Center II is located was protected by the State House Anti-corruption Unit from grabbers.
The reluctance to expand the bounds of government land, according to Mbarara City Mayor, Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, is set to result in violence in the neighbourhood.
According to Abdul Karim, the Kakiika Cell’s LC I Chairperson, they were told in 2014 that the land belonged to the Uganda Land Board but that it is now being targeted by unidentified persons who claim to hold land titles. As a result, they were denied land titles.
The Senior Personnel Officer from the Mbarara Regional Zonal Lands office, Angello Besiga, attributes the postponed boundary opening to a shortage of funding, stating that Minister Nabakooba submitted a USh20 million request that has not yet been processed.
Nabakooba visited public land that was in dispute during her visit to Mbarara City in March of this year, and she gave the commissioner in charge of surveying the instruction to open up land borders, which has never been done.
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