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Court blocks planned eviction on Katwe land

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By  EPHRAIM KASOZI

Posted  Tuesday, December 3   2013 at  02:00
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Kampala- Court has temporarily stopped an eviction of a family and tenants from a piece of land in Katwe, a city slum, pending determination of a case in which the commissioner of Land Registration and Meera Investments Limited are accused of fraudulently transferring a land title.

High Court registrar Alex Ajiji issued the interim order to halt the eviction and set December 11 for hearing of the application for temporary injunction against Meera Investments Limited.

“It is hereby ordered that the status quo be maintained as the respondents undertake not to evict the applicants and the tenants,” reads the order.

The November 29 order follows a case in which five family members of the late Fredrick Ssebugulu sued their brother, Mr Fred Kabugo, Meera Investments Limited, and the commissioner of Land Registration for allegedly transferring property that is subject to court proceedings, forging of a lease agreement and interfering with the estate of the deceased.

Allegations
It is alleged that Mr Kabugo obtained a certificate of title as a sole proprietor of the 0.113 hectare land which was to be shared by many beneficiaries and also registered Meera Investments Limited in its names without the consent of the landlord and or of Buganda Land Board.

The family is seeking for an order of cancellation of Meera Investment Limited’s declaration that they are the beneficial owners of the land.

They are seeking for a permanent injunction against the Mr Kabugo and Meera Investments Limited from trespassing on the land and an order against the Lands commissioner to cancel the title in the names of Meera Investments Limited.

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