Jinja Politicains Clash Over Railway Land

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In short
Jinja municipal council is embroiled in a dispute with Mpumudde/ Kimaka Division over a piece of land along Jinja - Kamuli road. Mpumudde / Kimaka Division accuses the municipal council of illegally inspecting 12 acres of land without its consent.

Jinja municipal council is embroiled in a dispute with Mpumudde/ Kimaka Division over a piece of land along Jinja - Kamuli road.
 
Mpumudde / Kimaka Division accuses the municipal council of illegally inspecting 12 acres of land without its consent.
 
The matter came to light this week after Abubaker Maganda, Jinja municipal council speaker led a team of municipal councillors to inspect the developments on the land. This forced Mpumudde / Kimaka division leaders led by William Ebusa to intervene. They discovered that Abubaker Maganda and Jinja municipal councillors had come to evict residents who are growing food on the land prompting the Division to seek an explanation from the Municipality leaders.
 
Mpumudde/ Kimaka division council has tasked its town clerk Ben Kulaba to write to Jinja municipal council seeking explanation on how the land was inspected.
 
William Ebusa, the Mpumudde/ Kimaka Division LC III Chairman, notes that the territorial jurisdiction shows that the land along Jinja – Kamuli road belongs to the Uganda Railways Corporation and must not be developed by any local government authority.
 
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Abubaker Maganda says the municipal council has resolved to write to the Ministry of Lands and Uganda Railways Corporation to get confirmation on whether the land was given away. He says Ben Tugume, the LC1 Chairman Mpumudde village must stop giving residents land allocation letters.
 
Gladys Nakajuya, a councillor representing Walukuba division at Jinja municipal council, says William Ebusa behaved in a very unprofessional way by ordering the beating of municipal councillors.
 
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At least 58 plots of land belonging to Uganda Railways were grabbed and illegally developed by Jinja politicians and businessmen in 2009.
 
Alex Waibale, Chairman Jinja land board, says they are yet to get communication from Uganda Railways Corporation on whether the land was sold off. He says cases of land grabbing and illegal encroachment and uttering false land ownership documents are rampant in Jinja.