Sunday June 8 2014

Court orders Kakira, Madhvani group off 300-acre Wakiso land


The High Court in Kampala has suspended the sale of 306 acres of land until a dispute between Kakira Sugar Works, Madhvani Group of Companies, and administrators of the said estate has been resolved.

The land is said to belong to the family of the late Muwanga Omuwesi
Mr Michael Otto Gulamali, the deputy Registrar at the High Court’s Land Division, ordered Kakira Sugar Works, the Commissioner for Land Registration and Madhvani Group of Companies from selling or receiving compensation for the 306 acres in Nakigalala, Kajjansi in Wakiso District until the controversy is sorted out by court.

The order followed an application by administrators of the estate of the late Muwanga Omuwesi asking court to block the disposal of the controversial land until the dispute is resolved.

The administrators, Mr Benjamin Kalumba Ssebuliba and Mr Robert Kayongo, petitioned court to cancel a freehold land title held by Madhvani Group of Companies. They are also seeking orders to evict the occupants.

They allege that the Commissioner of Land Registration issued a freehold certificate of title despite the existence of a valid Mailo Certificate of Registration without consulting the complainants.

The duo are also challenging the cancellation of the Mailo title without their consent or that of their ancestors. They are seeking Shs100 million in damages occasioned by the alleged fraudulent actions.

about the case
The case arises from a May 2, 2014 communication in which Madhvani Group Limited wrote to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) seeking compensation for the part of the disputed land where Kampala-Entebbe Highway is to be constructed.

However, an April 25, 2014 State House letter had directed UNRA to negotiate with the rivalling parties for an amicable settlement before compensation is made