• Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

Missing Police File Delays Suspect’s Trial over Entebbe Land Row

UGANDA, Entebbe | Real Muloodi News | The trial of Yunus Magom, accused of trespassing on a disputed land in Entebbe, Wakiso district, has hit a snag due to a missing police file.

The contested land is worth over sh500m and is located at Uringi Crescent, Entebbe in Busiro County, Wakiso district vide LRV3220, Folio 18, plot 31A. The land is being contested by Rosemary Kiiza Omamteker, of Entebbe Junior School, and businesswoman Peace Barigye.

According to reports, when the case resumed on February 8, 2023, the state attorney, Janet Annet Nabulobi, informed the court that she did not have the police file of accused Yunus Magom. She further stated that the case file had been recalled by the Regional Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions at Nakawa. This prompted the presiding magistrate, Naume Sikhoya, to adjourn the case to March 6, 2023, for mention. So far, only one witness has testified in the matter. Magom is facing a charge of criminal trespass, which he has since denied.

Omamteker and Barigye are also battling over the property in the Land Division of the High Court in Kampala, which is being handled by Justice Bernard Namanya. Omamteker is the registered owner of the land, having possessed a certificate of title for the same in 2010. She has accused Barigye of trespassing on her property and blocking her access to the land.

Omamteker has taken legal action against Barigye in the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala, accusing her of encroaching on her land. Recently, Omamteker informed the court that Barigye had fenced off the land located on Plot 31, Uringi Crescent in Entebbe municipality, Wakiso district, which measures approximately 0.249 acres.

Through her lawyers, Omongole and Company Advocates, Omamteker sued Barigye in the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala. Omamteker also revealed that she had requested the office of the town clerk, Entebbe Municipal Council, to take action against Barigye and to protect the boundaries of the land, but to no avail.

During a survey of her land in January 2021, Omamteker discovered that Barigye was allegedly sitting on Plot 31B and had started building a structure on her property. However, the survey revealed that Barigye had allegedly encroached 1.5 meters onto Omamteker’s land.

Omamteker has claimed that she shares an access road to the respective plots of land with Barigye, but that Barigye has erected a gate on the access road, hence preventing her from accessing her plot.

The case is ongoing.


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