The committee chairperson, William Korotyo says that, before their fact-finding trip in Jinja City, they had received reports of squatters who have constructed permanent houses within the rail line and its’ surrounding reserves.
The contested land is estimated at an average size of about 2.5 acres, covering plots 76, 78, 79 and 82. It had been fenced off on Wednesday night, evoking a fight in which NAFIRRI officials uprooted the poles from the land on Thursday.
The said land, covers six plots, measuring about four acres along Kisinja road and Nile crescent. It was host to the Ministry of Works employees in the '90s. But the employees continued occupying the said land even after losing their jobs in early 2000'.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema said preliminary findings indicate that the clashes arose from a land suit case which Jaka clan leader, Bwobi Sezi won against Kal clan, both before local council and Gulu High Courts.
Robert Mbaziira, the Senior Land Management Officer Mukono District, points out that with the creating of MZOs most of their roles have been duplicated, adding that workers in district offices literally do despite the fact that they are paid.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University says the kingdom is among the good friends of the university and in case of any issues, they would be able to amicably resolve the dispute.
Enock Ariga Marindi, another resident notes that the entire compensation process is shrouded in mystery, saying the ministry has deliberately hidden information from them. He says only a few have been compensated but no one can tell the criteria used to decide who receives the money.
Bishop Kisembo says that Tooro Kingdom subjects are not against the modern facility but are rather opposing and rejecting the conversation on the ownership of Kingdom property by an individual who also happens to be a custodian of the same property.
The Kingdom Spokesperson, Charles Mwanguhya Mpagi, says told URN that since the national constitution guarantees the right of all Ugandans to own property, the same constitution doesn’t dictate from whom and who can acquire such property.
According to the Ministry, all Registry operations were frozen affecting over 394,000 land transactions. Despite the temporary closure several people are still flocking the offices hoping to get services. The closure threw the real estate industry in Wakiso district into a panic right from day one.
David Nkojjo, the Chairperson St Jude- Bbanda School Management Committee observes that due to development priorities competing for land in Wakiso district, many schools have lost their land to grabbers while others find a hard time when the foundation bodies reclaim part of the land leaving them with tiny potions.
Speaking to journalists after overseeing the survey of Kingdom land in Jinja and Mayuge districts on Saturday, Muvawala, said their demands notices to the Prison authorities to clear the rent have gone without any response.
Joseph Kawulula, a traditionalist from Namayingo district, says the contested land belongs to the spirits. He asks kingdom officials to support their efforts to construct a shrine rather than block their request.
Bilali Waiswa, the LCI Chairman of Namungalwe rural, the village where the tragedy occurred, says that the son had demanded to have his share of the money obtained from the land sale. But his father rejected his demand, and out of anger, the son hit him with a club.