Otafiire orders soldiers off land

Kampala

Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire has ordered a senior UPDF officer and other soldiers to leave the land said to belong to Janmer Investments Limited. Lt Col Edward Ssevume Lukolokolo and his group were asked to leave 259-hectare land in Singo parish, Mubende District.

In his February 7, 2014 directive, Gen Otafiire states that Lt Col Ssevume used his status as an army officer and trespassed on the investor’s land with unclear motives. “You are hereby directed to vacate the land immediately without any further delay and avail the registered proprietor exclusive and vacant possession of the land,” Gen Otafiire ordered.

On January 31, 2014 Web Aocates and Solicitors, lawyers for Janmer Investments Limited sought Gen Otafiire’s intervention alleging that Lt Col Lukolokolo and a host of other UPDF officers were occupying the company’s land illegally. However, Lt Col Lukolokolo insists he is the rightful custodian to the land he claims was given to him last year by Prince Alexander David Ssimbwa, a relative of Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi.

In an interview with this newspaper on Monday, he said Gen Otafiire did not consult him at all.

“I respect Gen Otafiire, but he ought to have consulted me before penning this kind of directive. Why is he ordering me to vacate the land to which I have all the documents? Why would the investor not address the issue directly to the courts of law and instead go to the minister’s office?” Lt Col Lukolokolo questioned. “The land is being used for development projects for UPDF veterans. We want to develop it through the Operation Wealth Creation scheme and my boss (Gen Salim Saleh) is aware of it.

I’m not ready to succumb to any intimidation,” the UPDF officer said. He displayed a document which appears to show that Prince Simbwa gave him the land. However, the Saturday Monitor could not verify the document with Prince Ssimbwa because he is sick and the family could not allow our reporter to talk to him.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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