Investor Loses 15 Acres Of Land To Jinja Municipal Council

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The Acting Inspector General of Government, Raphael Baku has directed Jinja Municipal Council to repossess the 15 acres of land it had lost to an investor dealing in petroleum products.

The Acting Inspector General of Government, Raphael Baku has directed Jinja Municipal Council to repossess the 15 acres of land it had lost to an investor dealing in petroleum products.
 
The land, which is located on plot M156 in Masese Parish in Walukuba-Masese division, had been allocated to S.R.M Lutada in 2008 by the Jinja district land board after claiming customary ownership.
 
Lutada is said to have processed the title for the land without endorsement from the area land committee and before paying Shs 55 million in premium, in addition to Shs 5.5million ground rent.
 
Lutada was reportedly helped by Jinja land board officials to change the land title into the names of Musa Hared Petroleum Products Limited. Hared petroleum officials went ahead and fenced off the land and this attracted the attention of both the municipal council and the affected residents with who wrote to the IGG for intervention.
 
But the Jinja Municipal Council had paid close to 114 million shillings to Bibanja owners who were living on this land as compensation to pave way for resettlement of about 300 residents of Walukuba, who missed houses in Walukuba West estate during the allocation exercise.
 
The municipal council claimed that as custodians of the land, they needed consultations from the district land board before giving away the land because they had even purchased it for the residents of Walukuba.
 
In an August 18th letter addressed to the permanent secretary ministry of lands, housing and urban development, the IGG directed that Jinja municipal council gets control over this land.
 
The IGG’s letter says the investor secured this land through fraudulent means.
 
The letter is copied the permanent secretary Ministry of Local Government, mayor Jinja municipal council and the town clerk.
 
The commissioner for lands has also ordered the land titles issued in names of Musa Hared Petroleum Products Limited be canceled.
 
When contacted for a comment, the Hared company spokesperson Ms Jackie Namboga declined to comment.