Major General Samuel Mbadi and Prophet Kakande are required to explain how they obtained land titles from Mujuzi forest reserve.
Prophet Samuel Kakande(L) shaking hands with President Yoweri Museveni recently.
Masaka High Court Registrar has summoned UPDF Joint Chief Of Staff, Major General Samuel Mbadi and Prophet Samuel Kakande of The Synagogue Church of all Nations for obtaining forest reserve land.
The two are said to have connived to falsely obtaining and transacting on part of the Mujuzi forest reserve land.
Court presided over by the Masaka High Court Registrar, Julio Asio through the mediation system heard that the Masaka Land Board chaired by Peter Senkungu early this year sold over 600 hectares of Mujuzi forest reserve Prophet Samuel Kakande.
Part of the land located in Buyaga village Kyanamukaka Sub County was allegedly sold to Major General Samuel Mbadi by Prophet Samuel Kakande.
The dispute over the Mujuzi forest reserve follows a complaint by residents near the forest reserve through their councilor, Charles Zziwa challenging the acquisition of the forest reserve.
Hearing of the matter could not proceed because Major General Samuel Mbadi and Prophet Kakande were not at court. The court registrar ordered the complainants Lawyer, Jude Mbabali to inform Mbadi and Kakande to appear personally in court. Both are required to furnish court with land titles, survey maps and other documents about how the land was acquired.
Major General Mbadi was represented by his lawyer, Samuel Kirahe who told court that his client claims to have bought land that was not part of the forest reserve.
Residents living near the disputed forest reserve led by Councilor Charles Zziwa vowed to fight the encroachment on Mujuzi forest Reserve even is those involved are high profile people in government.
â€œWe are aware that the defendants have been giving bribes to those concerned in this issue especially at the district level but we shall not rest until justice is doneâ€ said Zziwa
David Kyakuwa one of the concerned residents expressed fear that trees in the disputed forest reserve were likely to be cut down.
He said Masaka Senior Land Management officer, Christine Nakandi has written a letter allowing surveyors to open the boundaries for another part of the reserve parceled out for oil palm growing.
Christine Nakandi In the letter dated 8th May 2015 directing the LC1 Chairman of Namirembe landing site to allow a team of surveyors from Gio-Earth consultant\'s surveyors to open up boundaries in Mujuzi forests reserve belonging to Pastor Kakande.
Early May, the Masaka district speaker, Ms Phoebe Kyewalyanga suspended the district land board over corruption, abuse of office and illegally selling off Mujuzi forest reserve, swamps and open spaces in Masaka district.