Police block MP over the destruction of disputed property

Police block

James Kakooza

The Police in Kampala on Tuesday blocked Uganda’s representative to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) James Kakooza from demolishing property on disputed land in Lubowa.

Kakooza is embroiled in a land dispute with his neighbor. The disputed land measuring 0.22 acres is located in Lubowa, behind Roofings Uganda Limited.

The neighbor who preferred anonymity accuses Kakooza of grabbing her land which includes her gate and a wall fence that was erected to serve as the boundary.

Last month, Kakooza survived being lynched after he demolished the wall fence claiming it was part of his land.

Kakooza claims that he bought the land from Patrick Ssemambo who held the title from 1991 but the woman said she has been on the land since 1992.

She added that Kakooza who claimed to have surveyed his land on February 25 did not involve her during the surveying exercise, yet when she applied for a lease title from Buganda Land Board(BLB) for the land near Kakooza’s plot, her neighbors signed the survey report.

Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, says Kakooza was briefly held and later released on police bond on allegations of malicious damage.

Owoyesigire says that although Kakooza claims that he has titles for the disputed land, they have advised both parties to settle the case amicably as the police investigate the allegations.”

Residents in the area say Kakooza instructed his contractor to demolish the gate, pit latrine and the verandah of her house. When the police officers from Kajjansi arrived at the disputed land, they blocked Kakooza and took him to Lubowa police station.

According to Owoyesigire, police have asked Kakooza to halt any developments on the disputed piece of land until the matter is resolved by the village chairpersons.

Kakooza insists that the land belongs to him and will continue with plans to construct apartments on the site.


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