The Minister Lands ,Housing and Urban Development Judith Nabakooba who is on a country wide mission to stop illegal land evictions and secure land rights of millions of Ugandans has been in Kabulasoke , Gomba district, where she has stopped the eviction of over two thousand bibanjja owners.
The bibanja owners in five villages of Kabulasoke A, Kabulasoke B, Bukundugulu, Lubaale and Nkandwa all in Gomba district -covering 700 hectares -were to be evicted by a one Sulait Kalungi who claims to own the land .
After directing that no one should be evicted without due process – Nabakooba who was in company of the area Member of Parliament Robinah Rwakojo, noted that many Ugandans are being evicted from their land holdings because they don’t know their land rights . She attributed the increased land conflicts and evictions to ignorance of the masses and corruption by the duty bearers .
“ In this meeting we have realised that there is need for thorough investigation and sensitisation of communities because we need to know the original land owners and how Kalungi comes into the picture since independent reports show that the land belongs to royal family ,” Nabakooba stated .
Ms Nabakooba directed the Gomba Residential District Commissioner to collect all the documents connected to the land in question so that the Land Ministry can start investigations to ascertain the rightful owners of the land in dispute .
“ I have halted all the activities which were taking place on that land and everything should remain in status quo because we are starting the investigations very soon and a caveat will be entered on the land through the MZO,” she said
Ms Rwakojo called upon the Ministry of Lands to sensitise Ugandans about land rights because land grabbers are taking advantage of peoples’ ignorance to displace them .
Responding to the complaints Mr Kalungi said that he bought the land from Mr Dick Lutaaya in 2018 who had a connection with the royal family and he had already started to compensate some bibanja owners who have accepted to vacate the land .
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