The Buganda Land Board Chief Executive Officer Mr. Kyewalabye Male testifying in the UNRA probe on (left) Mr. Barnabas Ndawula, Head Legal department.
Kabaka Mutebi has not been compensated for the land expropriated for road projects by the Uganda natonal roads authority (UNRA) the commission of inquiry head yesterday .
Mr David Male Kyewalabye , the Buganda Land Board Chief Executive Officer, made a complaint and asked the commission to recommend payment of all dues that by law belong to the Buganda king.
Appearing before the commission of inquiry into alleged mismanagement of UNRA affairs, Mr. Kyewalabye said they are perturbed by leasehold tenants and bibanja tenants continuing to be compensated while the land board is completely ignored.
‘’This has been severally repeated that we believe it is by design. This is than in total contravention of the land act under which government is committed to adequately and fairly compensate all land owners and land user’s whose land has been earmarked for purposes of road construction. We are aggrieved and it is totally unfair and unlawful for UNRA to start the road construction before compensating to the Kabaka” he testified.
According to Mr Kyewalabye, the project where Kabaka’s land is affected include; Kibuye –Entebbe completed in 1998, kampala northern bypass extension, Entebbe express highway , Munyonyo Spur, Mpigi-Maddu – Ssembabule and Mukono-Kyetume- Katosi-comprising 70 acres worth more than ug shs 10 billion.
He said the board has since discovered that various unscrupulous persons have colluded to obtain backdated leasehold titles from the Uganda land commission on our land with a view to being fraudulently compensated. It is our compensation made to parties falling under the above categories should be reversed and the rightful land owners be paid said.
‘’we demand the cancellation of these fraudulent titles so that UNRA can compensate the Kabaka as their lesser without the dubious lease claimants,’’ he said in the complaint.
The commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, is investigating the legal and corporate governance structures as well as financial management systems of UNRA.
In the above photo is Justice Catherine Bamugemeire who lead the UNRA probe Committee and other commissioners.