Tension is high among
people who secured plots of land at Mukokoma in Lyantonde following a feud
between the district and Lyantonde Rural Sub County leadership.
The contested land measures 14 acres and is found along Mbarara–Masaka highway
after Lyantonde town.
The land was allocated to the then Lyantonde sub county under Rakai district in
1993 for investment. The contested land remained under Lyantonde when it was
elevated to a district in 2006.
alleged that after constructing its headquarters near the contested land,
Lyantonde district tried to retain it but met resistance from the sub county
leadership, which created a rift between the two administrative units.
The sub county leadership
went ahead and sold the land to private developers. Ismael Bukenya, one of the
residents says that they have since been stopped by the district from utilising
the contested land despite presenting purchase agreements and receipts.
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Mariam Nakibuule, another resident says district authorities have shied away
from meeting them to resolve the dispute.
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John Bwanika, the Lyantonde Sub County LC III Chairperson say the contested
land was in the names of Lyantonde Sub county, adding that they have approved
plans to construct a police post, school and fuel pump station on part of the
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Bwanika says the LC V Chairperson, Fred Muhangi approved their plan to lease
the land for development so as to increase local revenue collection through
ground rent but the District council blocked their plans.
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Fred Muhangi, the Lyatonde LC V Chairperson has confirmed the conflict between
the two administrative units. He however, says the district council resolved in
August 30th, 2017 to allow the sub County to lease the land for
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Some of the residents who had constructed lock ups on the said say that they
are receiving phone calls and messages that they obtained the land fraudulently
and will be evicted soon.
However, John Bwanika, the Lyantonde Sub County LC
III Chairperson assures them that no one will evict them.