WAKISO – In a long-standing land dispute involving the late Gabudyeri Lubajja’s family in Namayumba sub-county, Wakiso district, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit has stepped in. The conflict has raged for years, with both sides claiming ownership of the same 1,000 acres of land.
In May of this year, lands minister Judith Nabakooba, accompanied by Wakiso Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Justine Mbabazi, visited the disputed land. At the time, both sides presented their land titles, but Mathias Mulumba, who asserted his title was in Canada, disputed their claims.
Minister Nabakooba gave Mulumba two weeks to produce the correct land title for comparison. She then directed the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate whether there were two titles for the land, located on Block 53, Plot 15 in Busiro.
On Friday, Nansana Municipality RDC Ali Nsubuga, representing the minister, the Anti-Corruption Unit, and the Wakiso RDC, presented the findings from the Anti-Corruption Unit’s investigation at the contested land in Namayumba.
The investigation revealed that only one land title existed in the names of Esterius Ssegantebuka and Richard Ssemitala.
The report disclosed that some bibanja owners had obtained land titles, while others were in the process of doing so. Landlords had used bibanja owners to fuel family disputes, leading to confusion among family members.
The report accused Mathias Mulumba of selling land plots to numerous individuals without proper letters of administration, and it highlighted the incomplete investigation of the case against him.
The Anti-Corruption Unit recommended that aggrieved family members and beneficiaries file court cases against Mathias Mulumba to seek justice.
The report urged the State House Anti-Corruption Unit and the police to pursue the case regarding the estate of the late Lubajja to its conclusion.
In order to strike a balance between landlords and complainants, the report suggested allowing activities on plots not covered by the temporary injunction to continue.
All individuals who legally purchased land were considered bona fide purchasers, and they were encouraged to act as landlords. Family members were advised to seek reconciliation, with the lands ministry leading the process.
Bena Nakato, one of the landlords, pledged to provide land titles to her bibanja owners and encouraged those on her land to register for better communication.
Richard Ssemitala acknowledged that those who had purchased land from Mathias Mulumba faced challenges but expressed willingness to engage in discussions to find solutions.