Bunyoro Kingdom Secures Land Title to End Feud With NFA

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Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom has secured a freehold title for its land in Kyangwali Sub County, Hoima district, as a way of ending conflicts with the National Forestry Authority NFA.

Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom has secured a freehold title for its land in Kyangwali Sub County, Hoima district, as a way of ending conflicts with the National Forestry Authority - NFA.
  
The land in question is among the kingdom properties that were reinstated by the central government a few years ago after being confiscated by the Obote government in 1967.
  
Part of the same land is however being claimed by NFA, a government statutory body mandated with the  management and protection of both natural and artificial forest cover in the country. The forestry body claims that the land covered by natural trees is part of Bugoma Central Forest Reserve.
  
On Thursday afternoon, Bunyoro Prime Minister Janan Lukumu visited Kyangwali Sub County to display the land tittle to the subjects who have been clashing with NFA officials over the boundaries.
  
Lukumu says the kingdom decided to secure a land title for the 22-square-mile piece of land after a joint opening of boundaries with NFA following successful mediation by the Hoima district security committee.
  
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Lukumu says that now part of the land has been leased to Hoima Sugar Works, a company that is looking for land to plant sugarcane in order to sustain its factory. He says the kingdom will now turn its efforts to securing titles for other pieces of land so as to attract more investors.
  
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Uganda Radio Network understands that the kingdom leased part of the Kyangwali land to the investors for 49 years but with a clause inserted to allow a review every five years.
  
Mohammed Kagando, one of the elders in Kyangwali told the prime minister that some people purporting to be working on behalf of NFA have been threatening him and four others as they keep watch over the kingdom land boundaries.
  
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Stuart Maniraguha, the Kisindi sector manager for NFA confirmed to URN last week that the government agency had ended the land dispute with Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom after joint opening of boundaries.

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.