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Hippo Kills One In Buliisa District

One Ugandan fisherman was killed by a hippopotamus in the Ugandan waters of Lake Albert on Butiaba landing side in Butiaba sub-county Buliisa district.

Vincent  Munguramu  and his colleague went fishing in Lake Albert on Sunday evening  but reaching in the middle of the lake the hippo jumped in their boat drowning them and claimed his life.

The Albertine police spokesperson, Julius Hakiza, said Munguramu was attacked by a hippo that is suspected to have come from Lake Albert (Mwitanzige) because there are many hippos. Hakiza said there are other stray animals like crocodile in the area and urged residents to be cautious.

He advised them to always move in groups to scare off the animals that may attack them because if they were on board they could have managed either to kill it or scare it.

Vincent’s body was handed over to the relatives and taken to Nebbi for burial but the survivor, a one Oket is now admitted in Gulu Hospital nursing wounds.

Preparing For Oil Money: Hoima Residents Told To Acquire Land Titles

By George Busiinge

Residents of Hoima municipality have been urged to acquire land titles for their land as Bunyoro Kingdoms biggest and fast rising town prepares to cash in on oil money. The advice was uttered by the municipality mayor Grace Mary Mugasa during a press conference on the state of Hoima municipality recently.

“This is the time for you to have land titles to prepare for your future as far as the exploration of oil and gas in the region is concerned. When you possesses a land title, investors will give you a lot of money  to rent  your land in case  they have  projects  they want to put up  on your land but  when you don’t have a land title they will give you  little money compared to  that one with land title.” the mayor said advising.

The mayor said that so many people in the municipality don’t have land tittles which is bad because they can’t even access loans from financial institutions on the land. He warned residents against selling their land instead of getting land tittles and start leasing the land.

The mayor added that they are receiving investors all the time who want land for renting to construct factories and other projects due to the exploration of oil in Hoima. The discovery of oil (about ten years ago) has attracted very many investors therefore land owners in Hoima have to utilize and secure their land by acquiring land tittles.

“You can bargain for a good price for your land when you have a land title which enables you to settle elsewhere. We do not want incidences where residents start running away from their own homes after selling their land cheaply.” She said.

She urged land owners and intending buyers to join SWIZZ Property consultant, a Hoima based real estate dear, which has done a very good job for helping Hoima residents  to acquire land.

Hoima Welcomes Land Sector Commission Of Inquiry

By George Busiinge

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on December 8, 2016, constituted a commission of inquiry into effectiveness of the legal framework relating to land policies, processes of land acquisition, administration, management and registration.

The commission which will be chaired by the Court of Appeal Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is expected to commence its activities in January 2017. This move to check the effectiveness of land transactions, use and administration has been welcomed by Hoima local authorities.

Kadir Kirungi, the Hoima district chairman, has requested that the commission of inquiry committee should also visit Hoima district during their operations to screen land titles. He revealed that there are many people with forged land titles in the oil and gas rich district.

Kadir condemns what he describes as rampant land grabbing and forgery of land titles which has seen the poor lose their property to fraudsters at a stroke of a pen in the district. Kadir says he welcomes the committee because Hoima was becoming a haven for land grabbers due to the available commercial oil and gas.

In September, the ministry of lands canceled 15 land titles in Hoima district especially in the oil rich Buhuka oil field block in Kyangwali sub-county. Kadir says there over 40 more titles under scrutiny and probe because they were attained through unclear means.

Contractor’s Vehicle Attached Over Debts

A truck owned by Builder Base Constructors Ltd, a company that was contracted to renovate Buseruka Primary School in Buseruka Sub County, Hoima district has been attached after the company owners failed pay workers.

Patrick Ssebatya and Marian Nakito the proprietors of Builder Base Constructors were awarded a contract to renovate Buseruka Primary school but later sub-contracted Byonta construction company LTD based in Hoima at Ush10m.

The trouble started after Byota completed the contract and Ssebatya and Nakito stubbornly refused pay them. Ramathan Elias the director of Byonta Construction Company said the two paid them only Ush4m out of Ush10m.

To date they have failed to pay the remaining balance of Ush6.5m. Ramathan notes that according to the contract agreement, he was to be paid his balance in April 2016, but to date he has never received any coin.

He noted that after failing to get payment for his money, on 26-5-2016 he filed a case at the Hoima chief magistrates’ court seeking justice. He said that the court presided over by grad one Magistrate Patrick
Kitiyo summoned the two to appear before court to defend themselves but refused.

This forced court to order for attachment of their property. The attached property is vehicle registration NO. AUT591M according to the court order dated 24th 11 2016. According to Ramathan, the vehicle was attached last week and he has been authorized to auction it by court.

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