Kyenjojo town council authorities are struggling to reclaim government land in Kiseruka zone in Kijuma ward. Godfrey Kiiza Rwakijuma, the Kyenjojo Town Clerk, says although the size of the contested land is unknown, it is estimated to be over 5 hectares.
Rwakijuma says the land is found along Kyenjojo-Kampala high way initially belonged to Ministry of Works before it was handed over to Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA.
He however, some private individuals have started developing the land because it has been idle for many years. He says the town council leadership moved to fence the land in November last year but realized that they neither have documents to prove it is government land nor know its boundaries.
Rwakijuma says they wrote to UNRA head office to provide the title for the land and other related information so that they can evict the encroachers but are yet to receive feedback.
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He says during the last sitting of the town council in December last year, he was tasked to approach Ministry of Lands to ascertain the registration details of the land because they want to establish a market here.
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The Kyenjojo Town Council LC III chairperson, Geoffrey Businge Kagoro says if they don't get prompt response from the Lands Ministry, they will write to the Solicitor General for legal advice because they urgently need the land.
He says the council has already stopped the town clerk, physical planner and other relevant authorities from approving any building plan on the same land until they get all the necessary information on the contested land.
Our reporter visited the contested land on Friday and found part of it fenced off with an old structure said to be the former UNRA office and some crops. However, there was no body to speak to our reporter how they occupied the land.
The UNRA spokesperson, Mark Ssali told URN that he is aware about the contested land but asked for time to find more details before he can give a conclusive comment.