504 Acres of Njeru Stock Farm Land Grabbed Top story

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Appearing before the Land Probe team on Thursday, Dr Charles Lagu, the Executive Director NAGRIC said that the centre is on the brink of losing the entire 1,066 acres of land. Lagu says that the centre has remained with only 562 acres in its possession after 504 acres have so far been grabbed by private encroachers.

The National Animal Genetic Resource Centre and Data Bank-NAGRIC, has lost 504 acres of Njeru Stock Farm land to private developers.

NAGRIC is mainly an animal breeding ground for livestock. The Centre carries out cross breeding of goats, cows, pigs as well as multiplication of pasture.

Appearing before the Land Probe team on Thursday, Dr Charles Lagu, the Executive Director NAGRIC said that the centre is on the brink of losing the entire 1,066 acres of land. Lagu says that the centre has remained with only 562 acres in its possession after 504 acres have so far been grabbed by private encroachers.

He accused Njeru Town Council for continuing to sublease land to private developers. He also noted another threat coming from the landlord Ham Mukasa's family, which has expressed intentions to repossess its land.

According to Lagu, the Ministry of Agriculture has since 2003 until 2010 paid over 400 million shillings in ground rent. He accused Njeru Town Council of dishonesty, saying that the Resource Center paid ground rent for 750 acres, yet it was occupying 562 acres.
 
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Initially, in the 1950s, the then Protectorate Government obtained a lease for 1,066 acres of land from Ham Mukasa. 

After independence in 1962, Njeru Town Council inherited the 99-year lease and subsequently, in June 1967, the Town Council subleased the land to Uganda Land Commission (ULC), which expires in 2027. The user department was Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).  

Commissioner Dr Rose Nakayi cautioned Lagu to ensure that court permitted re-entry to the land given by the Ham Mukasa family, lest the Resource Centre loses it all.

Nakayi also wondered whether the Resource Centre had taken interest in comprehending the full details of the lease agreement between the Ham Mukasa family and the Town Council.  

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire cautioned that it is prudent to obtain a stay of execution order from court. Lagu responded that he would liaise with the Attorney General to implement the action plan.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.