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Lukaya Town Council, Residents Bicker over Ghost Plots

The residents paid between 1 million and 6 million Shillings each, to acquire land in Lukaya Town Council seven years ago. However, it has emerged that some of the plots were nonexistent and that the town council does not own any land.
Some of the stalled buildings in Lukaya whose owners were blocked. They now want refund
At least 90 residents of Lukaya Town Council are demanding for a refund from the area leaders after failing to acquire pieces of land they paid for.

The residents paid between 1 million and 6 million Shillings each, to acquire land in Lukaya Town Council seven years ago. The payments came after Lukaya Town Council advertised availability of 140 acres of land at Bulakati near Lukaya Airfield. However, it has emerged that some of the plots were nonexistent and that the town council does not own any land.

A special audit report on the sale of land released on July 4 2012 indicates that the town council illegally collected money from residents.  The affected resident's, who possess general receipts issued by Lukaya Town Council complete with signatures and seals, are now demanding for a refund with interest covering a seven year period.

Bonny Kiddu Ssali, one of the affected residents says that their investigations found that the council does not own the land in question. The land is instead owned by Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF and Uganda Land Commission.

Ssali said that they were hoodwinked by adverts by Lukaya Town Council to believe that the council owned the land. According to Ssali, they have pushed the town council to allocate them the plots they paid for in vain.  They are now considering legal action.

Rose Namuddu, another affected resident says she lost interest in the land because she had been informed that Lukaya Town Council failed to prove it owned any plot.

Another affected resident John Ssentongo says she was awarded the plot but then stopped from developing it. Ssentongo notes that UPDF soldiers stopped him from carrying out any development on the land.

Aisha Kitenda, the Lukaya Town Clerk has declined to comment on this matter saying it is very sensitive.

Currently, Lukaya Town Council is embroiled in a land dispute with Uganda Peoples Defense Forces over the same piece of land. UPDF accuses Lukaya town council of illegally encroaching on the UPDF Airbase land.

Last month, UPDF issued an eviction notice to residents occupying land on its Bulakati airbase land

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