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Over 2000 Luweero Residents Protest Demarcation Of Land

The affected persons occupy 335 hectares of land located on block 207 in Nsanvu, Kalasa and Makulubita A parishes. The land in question was given out by Bukalasa land office to three businessmen; Joseph Kasule, Gerald Karyowa and Paddy Mubiru on a 49-year lease.
Some of the affected residents discussing how to keep thier land from grabbers.

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Over 2000 Makulubita residents in Luwero districts are protesting the demarcation of boundaries of land covering three parishes in the sub county.

The land located on block 207 in Nsanvu, Kalasa and Makulubita A parishes measures 335 hectares.

The land in question is said to have been leased out by Bukalasa Land office to three businessmen; Joseph Kasule, Gerald Karyowa and Paddy Mubiru for 49 years.

Ssenoga Luyima, the Nsanvu Parish Councilor at Makulubita Sub County says that the businessmen announced they were surveying the land in order to clear and mark the boundaries.

However people living on the public land have blocked the survey exercise saying this could be a ploy to evict them from their settlements.

Duncan Mulindwa, a resident of Namayamba village claims the businessmen have connived with the Resident District Commissioner Henry Makumbi and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Henry Musisi to hasten the process. 

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Henry Ssekitoleko, a resident of Wesuneko village says they have lived on the said land for more than 60 years but were never consulted prior to the issuance of the lease.

Resident District Commissioner Henry Makumbi and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Henry Musisi however denies any involvement in the process.

Hood Luyima, the Luweero District Land Officer says that he is not aware of any land transaction with the three businessmen.

The three accused businessmen couldn\'t be reached for comment.

Erasto Kibirango, the chairperson of Luweero District Natural Resource Committee says that district council passed a resolution ordering the Land Board to halt the lease because the land in question was handed over to Buganda Kingdom by the government last year.

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However, despite the directive, the businessmen have continued with their activities which have since raised anxiety among residents.

The development contravenes Section 29 (2) of the Land Act, which was designed to protect the rights of a tenant who has lived on a registered piece of  land for 12 years without being challenged by the registered owner until 1995.

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Brenda Nabukenya the Luweero Woman Member of Parliament has called for a thorough investigation into circumstances surrounding the award of the lease. She is also leading a move to secure a caveat for the land until the completion of the investigation into the matter. 

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