Thursday May 15 2014

Adviser caught up in land row

By Henry Lubulwa

Kalangala- A clan elder in Kalangala District has accused Presidential Adviser Sarah Muwonge Nkonge of bias following the manner in which she handled a land dispute.

In a meeting at the district headquarters last week, Mr Jovan Mubiru, a Mamba clan elder, said Ms Nkonge listened to one side and ended up giving the title deed of the disputed 638-acre piece of land to the wrong person.

The land, located in Mazinga Sub-county, traditionally belongs to the Mamba Clan and is administered by Semuwunda, a title of the clan leader.

The last Ssemuwunda, Abidan Kibuuka, died several years ago and according to Mr Mubiri, a new one has not yet been installed.

Mr Mubiru said a one Jackson Munywevu went to State House claiming to be the Semuwunda and sought Ms Nkonge’s help to acquire ownership of the land.

Ms Nkonge is said to have written to Mubiru, instructing him to facilitate the transfer of the land title to Mr Munywevu.
However, Mr Mubiri told the presidential adviser that Mr Munywevu was not the clan leader.

The elder said said he handed the title deed back to Ms Nkonge but has never got it back.

However, when contacted, Ms Nkonge said she had no personal interest in the matter, adding that the land title is at Masaka land office where it is still undergoing verification.
She also said the clan elders were free to go to the land Registrar’s Office in Masaka and get it. The leaders now want to install the rightful Semuwunda but say they cannot do it without the title.