Land Probe Commission

MASAKA

The Judicial Land commission of inquiry chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, has instructed businessman John Ssebalamu, to produce all the land titles he purportedly secured in Lwera, a wetland along the Kampala-Masaka highway.

The Commissioners on Wednesday started examining land disputes in the Masaka sub-region begun with a locust visit to Lwera wetland in Kalungu district, as one of the places with sharp land ownership disputes between businessmen and local communities.

The commission has faulted Businessman Sebalamu for depleting the wetland by opening up deep and wide ditches without being sensitive on the negative environmental impacts.

Amid lengthy verbal altercation with the commissioners, businessman Ssebalamu opened up that he regularly secured a 2 square miles land title in the wetland, which Justice Bamugemereire has instructed him to produces before the committee.

According to him, he successfully secured the relevant approvals from the responsible government departments that cleared him to carryout commercial sand mining in the wetland; however his explanation was found lacking by the commissioners.

Other persons to face the commission are Bukoto South MP Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali, Synagogue Church pastor Samuel Kakande, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Vincent Ssempijja, Deputy Chief of Defense Officer, Lieutenant General Wilson Mbaddi, Masaka district NRM chairperson Peter Ssenkungu among others who are said to have disputed ownership of land in greater Masaka region.

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