A new Twitter war has emerged in which government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo accuses former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, of land grabbing.
The Besigye-Opondo clash was over the giveaway of Bukasa Cemetery land owned by the Kampala City Authority in Kira Municipality in Wakiso District to private developers without following due procedure.
KCCA cemetery saga
Besigye quoted the story published by Daily Monitor in which Louella Ataro, a senior registrar of titles in the Ministry of Lands told the commission of inquiry led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereie that the process of issuing titles on Bukasa Cemetery land was faulty for lack of requisite documents.
“The documents for issuance of freehold titles were presented to me. There must have been a certificate of customary ownership but it was not followed. I apologise for not following the procedure,” Ataro is quoted as saying.
Ataro also confessed that she issued one land title in the names of a one Brian Buhanda but insisted that she acted basing on documents approved by the district land board.
“When we were presented with the documents, there was no area schedule attached for me to raise a red flag to know that the land belongs to KCC. I would not have known that the application was in relation to Bukasa Cemetery land and even the surveyor did not indicate that,” she added.
Ms Ataro was also quick to add that in the process, she rejected 10 other applications for land titles for lack of requisite documents.
Wakiso District Land Board issued freehold land titles to individuals and developers which have reduced the public burial ground land from more than 40 acres to currently five acres.
Those owning titles on the cemetery include; Seyani and Brothers Construction Company with 10 acres, on a 99-year lease from a lawyer, Herbert Kiggundu Mugerwa; Naguru Muslim community who own three acres, the Tabliq Muslim Sect who own two acres used as burial grounds; as well as former assistant commissioner land inspection, Ms Catherine Mulinde Mukasa who owns three plots of a quarter an acre each.
Besigye, Opondo clash
Citing the story, Besigye said now government has resorted to grabbing private land after grabbing all the public lands in the country.
“”Public land” was first victim of Land-grabbing! Now the turn of privately owned land,” he tweeted.
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) August 23, 2017
Opondo was not amused by the tweet: “But @kizzabesigye1 tell us how you obtained square miles of land in Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts.”
But @kizzabesigye1 tell us how you obtained square miles of land in Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts
— Ofwono Opondo P’Odel (@OfwonoOpondo) August 23, 2017
Then tweeps took a swing on Besigye, tasking him to explain how he got the said land while others accused him of grabbing “block 43 one square mile in Ssingo”.
— jackie nabunya (@jackienabunya) August 23, 2017
Besigye has maintained a deathly silence on the matter despite the accusations and pleas to him to respond.
Have you seen anyone complaining or challenging @kizzabesigye1 ‘ land ownership?
— Arthur Mirama Agaba (@ArthurMirama) August 23, 2017
Col tell the Nation how you got the 1 Square mile here in Ssunga LC1 kyankwanzi Town council now????
— B. Tayebwa emmanuel (@tayebwaemmazad1) August 23, 2017
He Grabbed/Stole government land and he knows this
— B. Tayebwa emmanuel (@tayebwaemmazad1) August 24, 2017