According to Bishop Ssemogerere, many people have been donating land to the Church over the years, which has enabled it to construct Churches, schools and health centers among others. He says that unfortunately, most of the people who donated land to the Church over 80 years ago have already died.
The minister who is currently in Bunyoro on a working visit says that he has established that several officials in the various land boards are fueling land grabbing, through the issuance of land titles to the rich at the expense of the poor.
Harriet Businge, the Hoima Woman MP, says that most of the land grabbers are highly connected to the government and have gone ahead to brand genuine land owners in the region as rebels in order to capture the support of security agencies in their evil deeds.
According to Beti Kamya, the Ministry has received more complaints about the services from Luwero and Wakiso. The complaints include lifting caveats without the knowledge of affected parties, delayed issuance of land titles, issuing multiple titles on the same land and corruption among others.
Baryomunsi who met a few leaders and locals from the sub-county said the government was aware of the tensions in the community and has been working to ensure that it's controlled. “There issue of land titles should not be a concern anymore because we are handling it and soon you will receive them.” He said.
Once passed into law, the bill will provide for the creation and perfection of security interest, provide for rules for determining priority of claims among competing claimants, provide for registration of security interest in movable property by notices and others.
Records indicate that only 40 percent of the 91 public schools in Gomba have land titles while all the 19 Health Centres dont have any documentation of ownership of the land they occupy. The schools with titles are owned and managed by religious institutions.
Otafiire, while serving as Minister of Trade, Tourism and Industry allegedly initiated the idea of granting a letter of no objection to Birus Properties, a company owned by Simpson Birungi, the Proprietor of Movit Products.
The Commission of Inquiry into land matters resumes today, two weeks after it called off public hearings due to lack of funds. The Commissions Lead Counsel Ebert Byenkya says in a statement that they have made progress regarding obtaining the resources the Commission requires to do its work.
In his 2016 Auditor General Report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga notes that Sembabule district doesnt have titles for all Sub county headquarters, health centers, bore holes, Valley tanks and buildings. According to the Auditor General, the absence of titles for land hosting key public assets exposes them to grabbing.
So far six people have so far been arrested for allegedly intimidating a witness, Bukanzi Milton at the Commissions public hearing on May 31. The suspects, who were charged with threatening violence, include Ssebugwanyi George William, Sseruyange Derrick, Magala Joseph, Mutebi Brian Lunninze, Kizito Muhamad and Lutaaya Stephen. They were remanded to Kigo prison.
The presidents statement followed an appeal by Edirisa Sseddunga, the chairperson of Uganda National War Veterans Association calling for the presidents intervention to stop landlords from forcing tenants to surrender part of their land to them. Sseddunga said that the deals have left people landless.
The Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission heard that The Chief Registrar of Titles was seemingly granted too much powers which the officer holding the office have sometimes abused leading to fraudulent land transactions.
Mulira, the first witness to appear before the Land Inquiry Commission said that contrary to public opinion, landlords and landowners are not responsible for the standoffs in the sector. He says that instead, thieves who steal government money use agents to harass people and then the blame is put on landlords.
The operation code named tooth and nail kicked off on Wednesday when authorities raided a piece of land that is under dispute between one Ronald Kitooke and Luweero district. Records indicate that Luweero district bought the land from Catherine Nakigudde, a daughter of Ibrahim Katumba Ssegawa in 1994, but Ronald Kitooke also claims ownership of the same land.
The land was separately acquired from individuals and Luweero district land board over twenty years ago. However, efforts to register and obtain titles hit a snag, putting key installations under threat as encroachers took advantage to claim the land.