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Tension as Lyantonde Sub County, District Fued Over Mukokoma Land

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.
John Bwanika Chairperson LC 3 Lyantonde Rural Sub County.

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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.  

It is 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.  

//Cue in: “Buri eyagura bamuraga…       

Cue out: …yo eraga esaaro.”//  

Mariam Nakibuule, another resident says district authorities have shied away from meeting them to resolve the dispute.  

//Cue in: “Aba district baba…      

Cue out: …bakatinsa bonka bonka.”//

  

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 contested land.

 

//Cue in: “ekyapa kyali tekinabayo…      

Cue Out: …Esomero etono tono.”//

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.  

//Cue in: “Sentebe muhangi natugamba…    

Cue Out: …necommittee disturict netuyimiriza.”//  

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 development.  

//Cue in: “eitaka rya mukokoma…      

Cue Out: …emugume neyiyamu omushoro.”//  

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.  

//Cue in: “abagura nze ndowoza…       

Cue Out: …era plan weri.”//

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