By: David Mafabi
Mbale: The commandant of Land Protection Unit of police has summoned the Mbale District land board chairperson over illegal land grabbing and increased cases of land titles forgery.
Mr Kitutu Mukamba and his secretary, Ms Anna Nakayenze, have been summoned over allegations that they have been making illegal allocations of land at Nkoma stage, Mpumudde grounds, Children park, Namakwekwe estate, Mukamba lane, wetlands and forests land (Busamaga) and other land in Mbale municipality.
“This centre has continued to receive complaints from Mbale municipal council and concerned citizens of Mbale District in regard to illegal allocation of land and arbitrary development thereon contrary to the provisions of physical planning Act no 8 of 2010,” reads the letter signed by Mr Fred Enanga, the Commandant of Land Protection Police. It continues: “You are therefore required to report to CIID headquarters, land protection police unit at Kibuli.”
Land grabbing on the rise
This comes at the time there is increasing fraudulent sale and acquisition of land in Mbale municipality.
Nursery beds, rugby grounds, Uhuru parks and public open areas, open places gazetteted as children recreational centres in the municipality have been taken over by suspected fraudsters.
Mr Badru Nabende, the chairperson district Public Accounts Committee, says persons seeking to acquire land must go through the municipal land committee which, together with the physical planner and an environment officer, verifies the application. The matter is then referred to the district land board. The procedure has reportedly not been followed. “There has been an increasing trend of illegal acquisition of land in Mbale and I think the police summons is timely,” Mr Nabende said.