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Former Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma Gives Government Tough Conditions If He Is To Vacate Njeru Land He Allegedly Grabbed

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Former Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma has Given Government Tough Conditions If He Is To Vacate Njeru Land.

In an exclusive interview with this website, Kavuma’s lawyer Faizail Musige revealed that his client is not willing to leave his land on Kyagwe 295 plot 287 because he is a bonifide owner.
“If the government wants to use Justice Kavuma’s land let it follow the proper
procedure and not these baseless claims by Njeru stock farm who think that the entire land in Njeru belongs to them. I heard that the government has a scheme where it buys land from private land owners, let them also buy ours,” Musige said. He said that the land at Njeru is not
expensive for government to purchase especially given that they want to expand the stock farm.
He added that government should buy the land instead of stealing it illegally and tarnishing the name of his client and calling him a land grabber. He said that the administrators of the stock farm don’t know where exactly their boundaries pass and are just claiming their neighbour’s land. He revealed that justice Kavuma is not the owner of the land but he is just an administrator on behalf of the late Fredrick Kato Lukwaju who died two years back.
He said that Kato bought the land from Enock Sebowa and Guster Sewugo in the 1950’s and by then, there was a big battle between Kato and Ham Mukasa family until Court decided that the land belonged to Kato not Mukasa. He added that recently in 2009, Kato again defeated a one Elizabeth Nabeta who had been registered on the certificate of the land title after court ordered that the title must be registered in Kato’s names.
He further explained that this year, Mariam Wangalya, the Deputy Inspector General of
Government produced two reports indicating that the disputed land
belonged to Lukwaju family but not the Stock farm.

The chairperson of the commission justice Bamugemereire warned Musige
to stop threatening the stock farm officials and claiming that they are encroaching on their land because the said land is still under investigations. She said that owning land is not just a masterly of getting spaced land and baptizing it with a block number and plot number as the encroachers of the stock farm did.
She revealed that he Commission is
still investigating the way Lukwajju acquired the land and his relationship with justice Kavuma. Bamugemereire also warned other
alleged encroaches especially Jinja businessman Caleb Kamugisha who
grabbed over 4 acres of land including the veterinary workshop and evicted all NACRI staffs.

She said that she tried to reach Kamugisha on phone during her tour of the grabbed land but his workers refused to give her his phone number.
Bamugemereire also warned other land
grabbers like Major General Kahinda Otafiire, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Charles Mutasigwa, Paul Mukasa, the former chairperson Njeru Town Council, David Senyonga, Musisi Ssempala, Rajab Kasule Sefuka, Paul Mulondo, Vasco Da Gamal, St Patrick Nursery School, Jubilee Church and others. She told them to learn from Paul
Musoke Sebulime, the area Member of Parliament who vacated the land and his house after learning that he had encroached on government land.
She also revealed that the Commission is going to summon officers from the Ministry of Agriculture because it seems that they are no longer interested in the said land.
Bamugemereire wondered how people
encroached on Government land which was supposed to house a modern farm to help the surrounding community without any resistance from the Ministry.
Njeru Municipality Mayor Yasin Kyazze
told the Commission that the Municipality also had a very strong hand
in allocating the farm’s land to individuals without following the proper
procedure. He revealed that there was a lot of corruption involved in allocating the said land and public servants like Meeme, the former Njeru Town Council
physical planner was among the officers who benefited from the Stock
farm land bonanza. Nsubuga Lumbelutamye, the chairperson Njeru LC 1 told the Commission that local council officers from Njeru Municipality didn’t introduced to them the new people they allocated land to. He added that the officers didn’t ask them on the status of the land before allocating it to people yet it’s the local leaders who always have good information on the status of the public land in their areas.
The Commission is still investigating the matter on how over 1066 acres of
government land were grabbed.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

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Tycoon Kiconco Vows To fight Lusanja residents Till Death After Court Declared Eviction Illegal

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Juice Manufacturing Tycoon Medard Kiconco has vowed to fight Lusanja locals and make them vomit his land after court declared his evictions illegal.
Kiconco told the media that even though he had lost the case against Lusanja residents in the High Court, he is not going to rest until he regains his land. “I am not happy with today’s Ruling because Court told me to go back to the High Court and file my application to possess my land. I am telling you I bought the land genuinely,” Kiconco said.

He said that he used his saving to buy the land in question and rubbished allegations that he grabbed it.
While Kiconco was lamenting, Lusanja residents were chest thumping and jubilating, they swore never to leave the land now that court has supported their cause.
Samuel Kibuuka, the LC1 told journalist that they are not only going to reposes their land and build back their house which were demolished by Kiconco, they are also going to open criminal charges against him. Kibuuka said that they are going to make sure that Kiconco produces the person behind him who gives him security everytime he is evicting them. He added that many people lost their properties during the eviction, pregnant women now sleep outside in the cold, young girls were raped and other atrocities were committed by Kiconco’s men.
He asked court to heavily punish Kiconco and order him to compensate them for all the properties they lost during the eviction. “That Animal Kiconco should also be imprisoned, the man has a lot of impunity, maybe he has big people behind him who he must produce,” Kibuuka said. Abdullah Kiwanuka, one of the lawyers representing Lusanja residents revealed that since Court declared that the eviction was illegally carried out, they are going to file fresh Court suit against Kiconco to force him to compensate their client. High Court Judge John Keitirima ruled that Nabweru chief Magistrate Rebecca Nasambu errored when he issued an order order on Block 206 plot 671 Kyadondo, which is not in her jurisdiction.
The judge said that he failed to determine whether Nasambu evaluated the properties on the land as a magistrate . He wondered why the magistrate failed to honour the Chief Justice’s orders against Magistrate to first visit the locus before issuing an order. He said that if Nasambu had visited the locus, she would have discovered that the land has a lot of people on it, who were going to be affected by her decision.
The judge also noted that Kiconco did not serve the residents he was going to evict, he wondered how a landlord like Kiconco could fail to serve the area chairperson because he did not know the right one. The judge finally declared the entire process illegal.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kyambogo University Graduation Ends Today

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Kyambogo graduads pose for a photo

The Kyambogo University is slated to graduate the last batch of students at the main campus in Nakawa division Kampala district with the graduation which started on Wednesday ending today with students from faculty of education, science and engineering slated to graduate.

The vice chancellor of the university Prof Eli Katunguka said that the transcripts and certificates for students are ready and students can start picking them starting next week and he also said that only those who have cleared their dues with the university are the only ones who will receive their papers.

The three days celebration has seen the university graduate over 8,000 students from various disciplines. Kyambogo University is today slated to graduate the last batch of students from the university campus in Nakawa division.

The three day graduation ceremony will see over 8,000 students graduate from various programs. With the Prof Katunguka explaining that the number of graduads increased from 7,000 to 8000 due to the addendum list and university has graduated 500 students with first class degrees with majority of them coming from vocational studies.

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