Katanga dispute: Court tours site

Kampala

Residents in three zones situated on the 37 acres of the disputed Katanga land in Kampala have asked court to save their developments from being destroyed by Makerere University.

The residents who led High Court judge Alphonse Owinyi Dollo to houses constructed in 1937 and 1940s, asked court to cancel land titles held by Makerere University for lack of proof of acquisition of the disputed land.

“We have come here to find the truth and this is not like an election, but the credibility of the testimonies we are getting will be weighed and court will rely on the laws to determine the case,” said Justice Owiny Dollo.

The judge’s visit was preceded by a Friday hearing of cross examinations in which Makerere University secretary David Kahunda Muhwezi said the institution owns 277 acres contrary to the 10.315 hectares indicated on the land title in their possession.

His testimony contradicted that of the Commissioner for Land Registration, Ms Sarah Kulata, who told court that the disputed land in Katanga has no specific size.

Mr Muhwezi and Ms Kulata were testifying in a case of Jonathan Yosamu Masembe, Bulasio Buyisi, George Kalimu and Samalie Nambogo, from the same family challenging the cancellation of their land titles by the Lands Registration Office and the ownership of the land by Makerere University.

The four complainants say they are the successors of the late Rev Samwili Mukasa whose land they acquired upon application for administration of his estate which was granted in 1987.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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