Jinja Hospital to Petition Parliament Over Land Dispute

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Juma Katega, the Kadhi Jinja Muslim District says they have been used part of the disputed land as a cemetery adding that, plans are underway to build a mosque, shopping mall and car park on the remaining land.

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital has resolved to take its dispute with Muslims over a huge chunk of land to parliament. The disputed eight acre piece of land, occupies plot 32 to 40 along Baxi road in Jinja central division. The land is strategically located between Jinja Hospital psychiatry ward and the Muslim cemetery.


It is currently used by residents for gardening.  However, the hospital management accuses some politicians led by Janat Mukwaya, the former Minister for General Duties and Ruth Owagage, the former Jinja District woman MP of ganging up with Muslims to grab the land.Muslims on the other hand claim the disputed land has been the property of Jinja Muslim Association since the 1930s.  


Juma Katega, the Kadhi Jinja Muslim District says they have been used part of the disputed land as a cemetery adding that, plans are underway to build a mosque, shopping mall and car park on the remaining land. He says they will not be intimidated to give up the land, which rightly belongs to the Muslim community.

As a result of the dispute, the management of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital led by its director Michael Osinde has decided to petition parliament for intervention. Dr. Osinde says the disputed land belongs to the health ministry and is under the custody of Jinja regional referral hospital. He says the ministry plans to construct a cancer institute and regional blood bank on the land.


Osinde says they are ready to present the title and documents for the said land, when they appear in parliament later today. Ruth Owagage, the former Jinja district woman MP declined to comment on the matter, when reached by URN on Phone. Alex Waibale, Jinja district land board chairman says the land dispute should be resolved by Uganda Land Commission, which is in possession of the land title.


In 2009, police blocked attempts by Muslims to survey and fence off the disputed land to pave way for the construction of a mosque.