The Minister for Lands and Urban Planning Hon Betty Kamya has called a crisis meeting to solve the ongoing land disputes between Kyambogo University, Buganda Kingdom and Kampala Capital City Authority.
According to our sources, the Minister called the crisis meeting after three powerful bodies claimed the same land. The letter which spyreports obtained a copy the meeting will take place on 25th Feb at Ministry of Land boardroom and all parties have been ordered to attend with vital documents and evidence of ownership of the said controversial land.
Kyambogo University and Buganda Kingdom are claiming ownership of about 407 acres housing the main campus in Banda, Kampala. Ministry of Education is claiming 10 acres and Kampala District Land Board (KDLB) 60 acres.
According to the letter, the Minister summoned Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University Eli Katunguka, chairperson of Kampala District Board David Balondemo, chairperson of Uganda Land Commission Beatrice Byenkya, and the Attorney General of Buganda Kingdom to discuss the standoff.
The Minister in her letter has also ordered KCCA to halt all its activities on the land until the matter is concluded.
“Arising out of media coverage of the controversy surrounding ownership of land at Kyambogo link, I have received letters from the Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University and the Attorney General of Buganda Kingdom challenging Kampala District Land Board claim on the land and their subsequent activities on the subject land thereof,” the letter reads in part.
The Minister says the purpose of this letter is to invite you for a harmonization meeting on Thursday, February 25 in the Ministry of Lands boardroom.
The fight for the land started last Monday when KDLB sent two tractors to demarcate and grade Kyambogo link land without the knowledge of the university.
Prof Katunguka called the District Police Commander to halt the operations.
He claimed that all the 407 acres of land belong to the university.
“All the documents we have indicate that this land belongs to Kyambogo University and the Ministry of Lands can confirm this. We took over this land from the three institutions that were merged in 2003 to form Kyambogo University…,” Prof Katunguka said.
On the issue of Buganda Land Board claiming the university land, Prof Katunguka said this is a longstanding issue, which government is resolving.
KDLB Speaks Out
Balondemo said the land was in 2017 degazetted as a catchment area for Kinawataka wetland stretch by KCCA and the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).
He adds that the said land in question is not part of the titled land, which the university currently owns.
He added that KDLB is mandated under Article 239 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda to manage and administer land which is not owned by any person or authority.
Buganda Kingdom claim
On Friday, Buganda Kingdom’s deputy Katikkiro Twaha Kigongo Kaawaase, told a news conference that the whole Kyambogo land belongs CMS Kisosonkole, who was the grandfather of Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi II and he (Kabaka) is one of the beneficiaries of the disputed land.
MrKaawaase reiterated that Uganda Land Commission in 2007 erroneously authorisedKyambogo University to get a freehold certificate of title on their land. He said the kingdom was still in talks with the central government to either buy this land or get its lease.
“We were shocked by the media reports that KDLB is claiming this land. The whole Kyambogo land, including the one claimed by KDLB belongs to us,” MrMrKaawaase said.
Ministry of Education say
Kyambogo University years back gave about 10 acres of land to the Ministry of Education and is currently housing National Council for Higher Education, Uganda Nurses Institute and the Inter-University Council of East Africa.
Sources in the Ministry of Education who did not want to be quoted in the story because they do not speak for the ministry, however, said the ministry has a genuine title deed and challenged KDLB to show proof of ownership.
Mr Alex Kakooza, the Education permanent secretary, over the weekend that the land in question belongs to the Ministry of Education.
“We are not aware about Kampala District land Board (KDLB) claims. As the ministry, we have 10 acres on Kyambogo land and it is where we are going to build our headquarters. We are planning to get our consultant to begin construction as soon as possible. Much as KDLB graded part of this land, we are saying this land belongs to us and KCCA will provide documents to KDLB,” MrKakooza said.
When asked about Buganda Kingdom claiming Kyambogo University land, including the one Kyambogo gave to the Ministry of Education, MrKakooza said this issue has been referred to the office of the Prime Minister to handle.