UGANDA, Rukiga | Real Muloodi News | The Office of the President has intervened in a land dispute between Muhanga town council residents, town council authorities, and two State House officials. The 32-acre piece of contested land is at Nyakitabire hill, Muhanga town council in Rukiga District.
Last month, State House officials Constance Bamukunda and Eunice Kyomuhendo petitioned president Museveni, accusing Muhanga town council officials of frustrating their plans in applying for freehold ownership of the contested land.
Bamukunda and Kyomuhendo accuse Eudia Mutabazi, the assistant town clerk Muhanga town council, and Aggrey Magezi, the chairperson of Muhanga town council Land board committee, of frustrating their efforts, intending to defraud them.
Bamukunda and Kyomuhendo say they had applied for a freehold title of their inherited land from their fathers. However, they argue, after their application, Mutabazi and Magezi frustrated the process, intending to defraud them.
The Legal Assistant to the President and State House in charge of the lands department, Nathan Bwogi, summoned both parties to meet at Muhanga town council’s main hall.
During the meeting, Bwogi tasked Mutabazi and Magezi to explain the motive behind failing to expedite the issuing of land titles for the contested land. In her defence, Mutabazi argued she declined the titles after some residents protested, accusing Bamukunda and Kyomuhendo of grabbing public land.
Mutabazi further demanded that members in the meeting visit the contested land immediately so that the statehouse officials could openly show their demarcations.
Rukiga District Chief Administrative Officer, Eliab Begumya Ntarweete, questioned why Bamukunda and Kyomuhendo rushed to petition the president instead of Rukiga District officials.
The Muhanga town council members say they will hold a protest if the petitioners take over the contested land.
Nathan Bwogi was accompanied by Prikeria Muhindo Mwiine, Rukiga Resident District Commissioner, and Officer-in-Charge of Criminal Investigation Department at Rukiga Police Station, William Babimpa. Mr Bwogi called for calm between both parties and promised to return with government surveyors in two weeks.
Geoffrey Karunganwa, Nyakitabire village LCI chairperson, who had previously said that Bamukunda and Kyomuhendo are the actual owners of the land, made a U-turn and apologised to Nyakitabire residents. The chairperson admitted he did not have facts to back his claims.
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