The Municipal speaker, Molson Bizitu held a public meeting at the Jinja city hall on Tuesday to consult stakeholders on whether to negotiate with the trustees of the Indian association or battle them out in court.
Jinja City councillors and the Town Clerk, Ambrose
Ocheing has failed to agree on the giveaway Kakindu Recreation Center.
The Municipal speaker, Molson Bizitu held a public meeting at the
Jinja city hall on Tuesday to consult stakeholders on whether to negotiate with
the trustees of the Indian association or battle them out in court.
A section of members in the public gallery preferred court redress
which they say will enable the municipality to retain the facility
as a public asset.
Ochieng however, says that their legal battles over the matter
have faced numerous setbacks due to uncommitted witnesses who are unwilling to
present the required evidence before courts law.
However, Bizitu says that the councillors have tasked, Ochieng to
seek leave from the court and refer the matter to the incoming city leaders
whom he thinks will have enough time to explore the matter.
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The Indian Association is said to have constructed Kakindu
recreation center in Jinja town in 1924 but their lease expired in 1969, but
never extended it. The association trustees, however, repossessed the same in
1996 even when they lacked a running lease. It comprises of a stadium, administration offices, conference hall, public library and a gym.
Reports also indicate that, although the repossession of
such property ended in 1993 and the unclaimed property taken over by the
departed Asians property custodian board-DAPCB on behalf of the central
government, the Indian association repossessed Kakindu three years later
without a clear explanation on why they received a special consideration over
In 2000, Jinja municipal council applied for a freehold title 2000,
however it is unclear why they never expedited the process of acquiring a title
on the same.
After noticing that, Kakindu was vacant, the Indian trustees resurrected
their claims over part of the recreation facility in 2004, applied for a
freehold title which was later cancelled in 2008.
The Indian association, however, extended their lease over the
same for 99 years in 2012 and sued Jinja Municipal Council, Jinja central
division and the then Jinja central division chairman, Mubarak Kirunda over trespass
on private property.
With the hearing of this suit expected to resume on Friday, 26th,
February 2021, Rajin Taylor, the former Indian association chairman told journalists
that, they have a master plan of developing Kakindu recreation facility and are
ready to furnish the court with evidence of ownership.