Mafabi, pastor in land dispute

MBALE- The MP for Budadiri West, Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and Pastor Patrick Okabe of Impact Ministries, are embroiled in a land row.

On November 4 a group of people invaded gardens on Plot 5 Bumboi Road and slashed all crops in the disputed plot.

Pastor Okabe said the garden belongs to him and wanted the offenders prosecuted.
Pastor Okabe said he acquired the said plot on a lease offer from the Mbale District Land Board.

An August 22, 2002 lease offer seen by this paper quotes a minute of the January 8, 1998 land board meeting allowing Pastor Okabe to acquire and develop Plot 5 Bumboi Road in Mbale Municipality. But the certificate of title for the same plot was issued on May 12, 2000.

Mr Mafabi disassociated himself from the group which invaded Okabe’s crops. But he said he acquired the land from one Masette in 1998 before applying for a lease and title from the district land board.

The documents show that the land was titled in 2000 before it was leased out to Pastor Okabe on January 9, 2002.

Speaking to Saturday Monitor in May 2014, Mbale Land Board chairperson, Mr Kitutu Mukamba, said although the said plot was given to Mr Mafabi in 1998 by the same board, the minutes of the award were missing in the file.

“I followed all the procedures as required, before the district land board could approve the lease offer and surprisingly, Mr Nandala is claiming that this is his land. I have been in ownership of this land for more than 15 years,” said Pastor Okabe.

Documents show that Pastor Okabe first obtained the lease in 2002 which expired in 2007 and was renewed by district land board in 2013.

“These people know very well that in 1998 Mbale District was using a type writer, but they are not ashamed to use a computer for typing, setting fonts and forging minutes to give out land leases. It is a shame for us and we must clean ourselves,” the district planner, Mr Emma Kigaya, said.

Ms Diana Nandawula, the Elgon regional police spokesperson said they were investigating the case.


SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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