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Buganda Minister, Wakiso Bosses Cited in Land Grabbing

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Sadique Bamwita

Entebbe

The Trade minister in Buganda Kingdom Thobani Muhammad and other top officials from wakiso lands office have been dragged to the office of Resident District Commissioner (RDC) over allegations of grabbing land and illegally evicting over 1000 residents from their land.

Enraged residents march to RDC’s office to present their petition. SPYREPORTS

According to the documents seen by this investigating website, a total of over 1,000 residents who are being evicted on plot 36-40 along Eric Magala road in Bugonga village, Entebbe Municipality have petitioned Entebbe RDC-Hajj Noor Njuki Mbabali accusing Buganda Trade Minister Thobani Muhammad for illegal and unlawful evicting them from their own land.

The locals also want the land desk in state House to cause the cancellation of the lease that was issued to Thobani through fraudulent Act and also to cause for investigations and prosecution in
respect of matters of fraud and abuse of authority or public office that has brought suffering to them.

The furious residents, who matched from Bugonga village to RDC’s office, contend that they have lived on the disputed land since 1940 to date but to their surprise in 2004 Wakiso Land Board issued a lease to Buganda Trade Minister Thobani Muhamood allowing him to occupy their land, something they want President Museveni to intervene.

The affected residents assert that efforts to get justice from Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s court have proved futile since the court favors Minister Thobani Muhamood ignoring residents who are poor and majority.

We have clear documents and evidence of customary ownership of the land but Wakiso Land Board ignored it and went ahead and  awarded lease to Thobani Muhamood.

The local residents further claim that they have been paying nominal ground rent (busulu) to Entebbe Municipal council since 1940 to date and that their ancestors who lived before and after Independence were buried on the disputed land.

They faulted Entebbe Municipal council for not giving them first priority when leasing out their land yet council left them to settle and develop the said land unchallenged for 12years before the extend of the 1995 constitution.

Michael Mutebi, the LC3 boss for Entebbe Division ‘A” said that the affected residents have lived on the said land for over 50years and that he is determined to battle tycoon Muhamood  till he backs off on the disputed land.

The Entebbe RDC Hajj Noor Njuki Mbabali, assured residents of total support and promised to inspect the disputed land adding that he has already instructed Entebbe DPC-Baker Kawonawo to counter anybody who tries to evict them arguing that the matter is still before court pending determination.

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