Fred Tunduru, the Buliisa District Land Board chairperson and his executive are on the spot over allegations of selectively issuing land titles. Steven Mukitale Birahwa, the Buliisa Member of Parliament claims that the land board officials only processes land titles for some individuals known to them at the expense of the local and poor people.
During a training session on land matters in Hoima district on Tuesday evening, Birahwa said the land board has only submitted 30 applications for land titles to the ministry over the last five years. He alleges that the applications are from a single individual whom he did not mention.
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Despite the fact that he didn’t name the alleged land grabber, Birahwa is on record for accusing Frank Kaahwa, a Kampala based tycoon and a native Mugungu of conniving with the lands offices to grab land in Buliisa. In his defense, Tunduru described Mukitale’s claims as baseless.
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However, Catherine Mukasa, the acting commissioner land administration in the ministry of Lands seemed to concur with Mukitale’s claims. She confirmed that her office has been receiving land applications from one person, applying for different plots of land in Buliisa.
According to Mukasa, out of 35 applications, only two were from different people.
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Minister for lands Daudi Migireko officiated at the training. He said the ministry would follow up claims by the Buliisa Member of Parliament. In 2011 government, halted the issuance of land titles in the oil rich areas of Hoima and Buliisa.
Government argued that this followed cases of land grabbing and unplanned developments that had begun to emerge in the area. The ban was also to enable government regulate land dealings in oil areas. However, reports are rife in Buliisa that the district land boards have gone ahead to issue land titles despite the ban.