The residents fear that being part of the city could affect their ownership to customary land, a developement which exposes them to land grabbers. Others fear that their buildings were not planned for the city, fearing that the elevation is pushing them into a status to which they do not belong and that they will most likely be subjected to taxes.
The School Director, James William Muwaya insists the disputed land doesnt belong to the army. According to Muwaya, in 2013, when the army attempted to evict the school he rushed to State House with a recommendation from Jinja Municipality, which stayed the eviction.
Although traders are refuting claims that the 1-acre piece of land belongs to the businessman, Kabusere maintains he bought the land before the market vendors were relocated from the roadside where they had been operating. He claims the move was effected without his consent in 2008.
A land wrangle has erupted between the youths in Jinja and the district officials. A group of youths in Jinja district are accusing the district leadership of plotting to sell off 50.5 acres of customary land to a Chinese businessman.