The family of John Wamala, whose property the farm and house worth more than 60 Million Shillings were destroyed said that they held meetings with their landlord, John Musoke with the guidance of Mpigi Deputy Resident District Commissioner.
In the meeting, according to Dr. Fred Kakooza the two parties agreed that in compensation of the damaged property and occupancy of 20 years, Musoke and the Wamala family shared the disputed two-acre land in equal terms.
“The parcel of land given to the Wamala family is to be titled and that the family has commenced the land title acquisition process. The Wamala family has been given documentation to facilitate the land title acquisition which includes signed transfer forms, mutation forms, and identification documents,” reads the agreement.
According to the signed memorandum of understanding, the Wamala family was given a two months’ period to clear all their property on the other parcel of land now belonging to Musoke.
The amicable settlement followed the intervention of the Lands Minister, Judith Nabakooba who advised that the two parties resolve the dispute among themselves with the guidance of the RDC’s office.
It is alleged that on January 1, unknown people stormed and destroyed property on the farm including a house worth more than Shillings 60 million. The Wamala family had reported a case of malicious damage for which the minister Nabakooba had also directed the police to avail CCTV camera footage from the area.
Dr. Kakooza confirmed the amicable settlement of the dispute on land following numerous agreements.
“As the Wamala family, we will acquire the land title at our cost and we shall forego the compensation claim for destroyed property for the peace and good of the neighborhood. We took it as a loss,” he said.
Dr Kakooza said: “We were dealing with the landlord and he owned up because it was a result of poor communication. It is him making compensation.”
According to Dr Kakooza, Musoke had allegedly sold the land secretly to two persons, Emmanuel Mukiibi and Balagadde Jafar who also sold to Patrick Nsamba and a one Lubega but without informing the Kibanja holder as required by law.
The purported sale followed the attack leading to destruction of crops and a farmhouse which prompted authorities to intervene.
According to Dr. Kakooza, there was no dispute between them and the Kaggwa family who owned the title but in 2017, they initiated talks to be allowed to get a land title which the family refused.
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