National Water Takes Fight for Lagoon Land to Court

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In short
Encroachers invade Kasese sewerage lagoons causing a massive waste disposal crisis.

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation is considering legal battles against groups of encroachers who have caused the shutdown of several lagoons in Kasese town.
Recently the encroachers invaded the lagoons at Kidodo in Railway Ward. They said the land belonged to them and prevented National Water from gaining access to the site.
Stanley Kamugisha, the Kasese area manager of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, says encroachment on lagoon land has become the order of the day in the town.  He says the corporation is unable to expand sewerage coverage in Kasese and human waste management has become a huge problem.
Kamugisha says that National Water has all land titles guaranteeing ownership of the property. He says the corporation is considering suing the encroachers in order to gain full control of the land.
Some of the institutions affected by the conflict are Kilembe Mines Hospital, Kasese Municipal Health Center, Katadoba Health Center and Golden Lodge. With no where to dump their waste, they are threatened with closure.
On Monday a meeting was held with residents of Kidodo to attempt to resolve the conflict.
The chairperson of the works department at Kasese Municipal Council, Lukas Buhaka, said the encroachers are not entirely to blame for the standoff.  He said they were being confused by politicians and civil servants who extort money from them with the promise of free land.
Buhaka also disclosed that during the recent elections, the ownership of the lagoon land was politicized and the encroachers were not informed that they had no right to the property.
There were rumors that some of the encroachers planned to storm Monday’s meeting. The police deployed heavily around the area, but no demonstrations were held.