By George Busiinge
The State Minister for Public Service has blamed the Hoima district land board for fueling land conflicts in Kirogobya County, Hoima district. David Karubanga who is also the Kigorobya county legislator has accused the district land board of engaging in illegal land transactions adding that most illegalities surrounding illegal land titles originate from the district.
Last week, the minister halted Mr. Noah Kasingwa Byekya from surveying a 1294.76 hectare piece of land he claims belongs to him (Byenkya). Byenkya claims to have a land title for the disputed piece of land.
The land covers five villages of Kabatindule, Kabati, Ndarangi, Hanga and Lenju located in the parishes of Kisukuma and Bwikya. Karubanga says he is following up several cases where tycoons have acquired titles through fraudulent means under the recommendations of the district land board.
He accused the land board of conniving with tycoons who are targeting oil benefits not to respect customary land rights. He added that many Ugandan tycoon have invaded the Albertine grabben land which has left many families homeless.
According to Karubanga, his office is investigating several land related cases where tycoons did not follow the right procedures of land titling saying such land tiles need to be canceled. Bunyoro is experiencing rampant cases of land wrangles, fraudulent sale and acquisition of titles. Last week, Masindi High court issued an interim order refraining land.
boards in the region from transacting land related business until the suit filed by Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency-BUKITAREPA is heard. The Agency sued land boards over what they described as continued illegal sell and titling of Bunyoro land which is owned communally.