Over 300 households from the two villages in Muhorro Town Council Kagadi district are on tension over eviction threats from a Business man known as Abdu Kirungi who allegedly titled their land under unknown circumstances.
The two villages are Kyamajaka Cell and Karuswiga East cell both in Muhorro Town Council Kagadi district.
Speaking to the people who had congregated at Mary Cox Nursery and primary school in Kyamajaka cell in Muhorro on Saturday, the Chairperson Kyamajaka cell Norah Nakanwagi narrated that they started receiving information regarding titling their lands in 2014 the very time when the accused businessman known as Abdul Kirungi was cited in their area with surveyors taking survey of their lands.
Nakanwagi added that to their surprise when they followed the matter to the Kibaale Lands office, they discovered three titles on their land. She said titles were on block 49 plot 11, Block 49 Plot 9 and these were titled in 2016, the alleged third title was not verified.
The village chairperson noted that they had previously reported the matter to the former Kagadi RDC Lillian Ruteraho whose intervention had settled the matter, but now have heard that the accused businessman Abdul Kirungi mortgaged the titles in the Centenary bank who are now marketing them for sale.
Nakanwagi said they have opted to seek help from the World Voices Uganda with hopes of being helped to get justice.
Some residents said their ancestors have lived on the land for over 100 years and say they are the rightful occupants.
In his remarks, the Country Director World Voices Uganda Gard Benda Ntegyereize asked residents to remain calm and promised that they will play their advocacy role to ensure that residents do not lose their lands and properties to banks.
“I don’t want you to politicize this matter because it is a very sensitive issue. Everything development is done land and without land that means that no development,” Benda said
Benda through World Voices Uganda said they had helped over 30,000 people and that their grievances related to land conflicts had been settled and promised to follow up the issue until when the people get justice.
Benda asked for cooperation as the matter is being handled to save the land
The Muhorro Town Council LC3 chairperson Godfrey Nangonza asked residents to observe unity, collaborate with leaders and World Voices Uganda in securing their lands from grabbers.
It is also known that the same villages under threats of eviction are the same villages that are harassed by chimpanzees.
Speke Chrysostom, World Voices Lawyer said there are streamlined procedures of acquiring land titles in Uganda and if not followed well, the land title is deemed null and void and must be cancelled.
“Whenever one is processing a land title in Uganda, the Village chairperson and the committee must be aware but also all the neighbors of the land being titled. So if all these were not followed well, we shall ask the ministry to cancel the title,” Speke said
He also said as World Voices Uganda, they are going to halt the auctioning processes to ensure that the people get justice.
“Our first step as of now is to write to Centenary Bank asking them to halt the processes of land title transfer and sale until when the matter is settled,” Speke added.
It is alleged that the land titles were advertised in the press for sale after the alleged owner (Abdul Kirungi) failed to repay the loan he acquired from Centenary Bank.
Our efforts to get comments from the accused businessman Abdul Kirungi were futile as he could not pick our repeated calls.