The Police Lands Protection Unit has rushed to Lyantonde district to investigate and find a possible solution to the conflict over a 25-hectare-piece of land. The land in question is a farm located in Kyabadaaza village on plot 24, block 106, about 4kms along Lyantonde-Kiruhura road.
The Police Lands Protection Unit has rushed to Lyantonde to investigate and find a possible solution to the conflict over a 25-hectare-piece of land.
The constant death threats and counter-accusations among three prominent personalities in the district prompted the urgent intervention of the lands protection team.
The three people including Ronald Ruta Kanshabe, the director of Ronald Ruta primary school, George Atwijukire, an accountant with Law Reform Commission and David Kayonga, a senior UPDF officer, are accusing one other of allegedly forging a land title of the said land with intentions of grabbing it.
It is not yet clear to whom the land belongs although each one of them possesses a title for the same land claiming to have got it from the Lands Office in Entebbe.
The land in question is a farm located in Kyabadaaza village on plot 24, block 106, about 4kms along Lyantonde-Kiruhura road.
The three claimants acquired the land in different years. While Kanshabe says he got it in 1992, Atwijukire claims he aquired it in 1989 and yet Kayonga also insists he got the same land in 1989.
Kanshabe accuses Atwijukire and Kayonga of using their offices and ranks to allegedly forge land titles to forcefully grab his land.
He explains that herdsmen on his farm have always been attacked by people claiming to be caretakers of Atwijukire’s land, adding that he petitioned the land protection and fraud squad in Lyantonde and Kampala seeking to solve the matter.
Atwijukire, denies the allegations leveled against him saying he was surprised to hear that someone else was claiming ownership of his land.
He claims that his farm manager identified as Twesigye John Jones has always received threatening messages from unknown people warning him over the land. He further claims that he has also reported the matter to police.
January Kusiima, who led the police land fraud team from Kampala, says they were tasked to tour around the land, its boundaries and also gather some facts which will help in the ongoing investigations.
Kusiima explains that claimants and their representatives were invited to be part of the inspection. He adds that the confusion among the three also raises more questions about the operations of the Lands Office in Entebbe which issued titles of the same land to different people.
Efforts to contact Kayonga who’s the third claimant failed as he was absent and was not represented.
Meanwhile, the police land fraud team has warned the three claimants to desist from interfering with investigations and avoid physical confrontation against each other.