encroachment on public cemetery land by private developers in Mukono
municipality has drawn the attention of the executive.
The 5acre cemetery at Nakawolore in Mukono municipality has been in existence since the 1970s. It is majorly used for burying unclaimed bodies and people
without burial grounds. However, the
Mukono Municipal Executive Committee has realized that part of the
cemetery land has been encroached on by private developers.
The Deputy Mayor,
Jamadah Kajjoba notes that so far about ten houses and about twenty gardens
have been established on the cemetery land.
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Cue out…banaffe abalimako”//
George Fred Kagimu, the Mayor Mukono Municipality, says some of the encroachers
are in possession of fake titles. He says more encroachers are likely to take
over the cemetery land unless something is done.
“The remaining part already
has about three layers of human remains and using it for further burial will be
risking bodies and remains to be exhumed by dogs. What we need is claiming the
encroached part of land if we are to do any further burial arrangements on the
cemetery land,” he said.
Daniel Ssentongo, a resident of Mukono municipality, says much as it is
unclaimed bodies that are buried in the cemetery they deserve respect.
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Cue out…bamuteeka kumunne”//
Alex Nanyonga, the Deputy Mukono Municipal Town clerk, says they are not aware
about the private developers who have encroached on the land. She notes that
they have teamed up with the municipal executive committee to block further
developments on the cemetery land and task the developers to produce evidence
of ownership and how they acquired their plots.