Obbo says that a number of land title are in areas which are targeted for several government projects including the awaited multi billion Bukasa Inland Port among others. He says that all people occupying the land whose titles have been canceled will not be compensated when the said projects kick off since they are illegally occupying the land in question.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has
canceled over 210 certificates of title which were erroneously or fraudulently issued
in different forest reverses within the districts of Wakiso, Mukono and Kayunga.
According to the list of canceled titles seen by URN, 10 titles are from Kajjansi forest reserve at Nakigalala, 13 from Nonve
forest reserve at Buwanuka in Kakiri Sub County, 90 from Kyewaga forest reserve in
areas of Kitinda, Bufulu, Lwaka and Katabi.
Other canceled titles include 41 from Mukono and Kayunga
districts, 12 from Gunda local forest reserve and 41 from Namanve forest reserve
in areas of Bukasa, Kitokolo, Degeya and Kolo.
The cancellation comes barely two months after the
commission of inquiry into land matters halted the compensation of over shillings
40 billion to 160 title holders who had titles in wetlands and forest reserves including
in Namanve, Mugomba Central Forest reserve and Gunda local forest reserve. Several
of the forest land in question has been before the land probe.
Records from the National Forests Authority (NFA) indicates
that Uganda loses about 9,000sq hectares of forest cover every year to encroachers
yet only 3,000sq hectares are replanted.
Denis Obbo, the Ministry of Lands spokesperson confirms the
development saying that there have been several investigations which have
revealed that most of the canceled land titles were erroneously issued in
already gazette areas.
Obbo says that a number of land titles are in areas
which are targeted for several government projects including the awaited multi billion Bukasa Inland Port among others. He says that all people occupying
the land whose titles have been canceled will not be compensated when the said
projects start since they are illegally occupying the land in question.
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Obbo also notes that more land titles covering
areas of the proposed Standard Gauge Railway-SGR which were illegally acquired by
speculators are also lined up for cancellation. “More land titles are lined up
for cancellation and among these are those found in the Standard Gauge Ra corridor.”
According to records, right of way for the SGR covers 8.9KM of land in national forests and over 53km in wetlands, however several individual have
been claiming ownership of these gazetted land with some presenting
certificate of titles.
Speculators increase cost of government projects as
they seek hefty compensations for the land they acquire speculatively. A couple
of projects have been affected, including some oil roads, the now complete Entebbe
expressway among others.