By PATRICK JARAMOGI
GOMBA, Uganda-SHIFTMEDIA- “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.”
For 7 solid years, 80 year old Aloysius Kakande has waited for his case to be resolved by the Courts in Uganda.
His case is rather mind boggling, puzzling and rattles feathers. Its synonymous with the scenario where your visitor elopes with your wife.
Kakande is crying foul accusing a one James Ruvima (below) the proprietor of Afya Petroleum of grabbing his land with impunity.
Ruvima is also Accused by Kakande of using SFC soldiers attached to Presidential Security to intimidate and harass him.
The case at hand in Court is that of :alledged “corrupt” land registry officials who fraudulently amended Block 138 located in Luzira, Bulwadda Parish, Kabulasoke Sub County in Gomba District.
The complainant is a retired civil servant, cum farmer, Aloysius Kakande.
According to land documents in our possession, Kakande purchased the land way back in 1982 registered on November 5 1986 Under INST KLA 121173 at 2:10 pm.
The Ministry of Lands Registry documents indicate that Aloysius Kakande bought Block 138 Gomba totaling 1650 acres. The land had plots 2 measuring 900 acres, and 4 and 5 totaling 750 acres. Plot 4, and 5 are registered in the same land title under instrument KLA 121173, while Plot 2 was registered under instrument KLA 116412.
Fraudulent land amendments
In 2014 (34 years) after he purchased the said land, a one James Ruvima appeared with a land title from Lands indicating that he had purchased Plot 8. The series of surveys conducted by Mpigi District Surveyor indicated that Plot 8 was chopped off Kakande’s Plot 2 and 5.
When we dug deeper, we discovered that the administrators of Estate of the late Edward Nsimbe, (the original owner of the land), Jane Nanjovu and Norah Nasejje had sold 380 acres to Ruvima James located in Plot 6.
According to Kakande, while purchasing the land, Nsimbe declined to sell plot 6 to him since it had many squatters on it. His daughters, named above decided to offset the Plot 6 to Ruvima knowing it had squatters on it.
What we envisage is that when Ruvima learnt that it would a hard task to settle on plot 6 that has scores of residents, he reportedly maneuvered his way to have plot 8 created for him out of Kakande’s plot 2 and 5.
In a letter dated 8th July 2014 that we have, then Commissioner for Land Registry, Sarah Kulata Basangwaordered after reconstruction that a new certificate of title measuring 380 acres be made in the names of Jane Nanjovu and Norah Naseje, the Administrators of the estate of Edward Nsimbe.
Surveyors reveal truth
Kakande’s surveyors, Wemo Consultant and Planners following a court order on 24th February 2015 released findings of their surveys (REF:WEMO/Adm/SR/011/15) that was carried out on Plots 2, 4, 5 and 8.
“We have therefore established beyond doubt that Plot 8 falls both within boundaries of Plot 2 and 5 which belong to Aloysius Kakande as per copies of title provided,” wrote F. L Lukyamuzi the field surveyor. All the three location surveys ordered by Court established that Kakande owns the said land.
What puzzles many is the findings from the search office. The latest statement of search conducted on 25th August 2021, shows that tye Land at Luzila Gomba Block 138 Plots 4& 5 measuring 750 acres belong to Aloysius Kakande registered under INST KLA 121173 on 5th November 1986.
But apparently, James Ruvima also has the certificate of plot 8 that seats on Kakande’s plot 2 & 5 as the rightful owner.
As the matter awaits court final say, Kakande accuses James Ruvima of defying court orders regarding conducting of any activities on the disputed land.
In a complaint letter addressed to the RDC Gomba, Chairperson LC V, the District Police Commander, DISO, Gomba, Minister for Lands and Police Land Protection Unit, Kakande said the actions of Ruvima was a threat to positive living.
“Ruvima brought in his manager Frank Nkwasibwe who is terrorizing my herdsmen. He has also ferried in over 20 people from Mubende who are slashing all grass, cutting trees, and burning charcoal,” said Kakande in the letter.
He said the “men” had also cleared huge chunks of land ready for planting maize. He wondered why land invasion was taking place during lock down despite a directive from Lands Minister against conducing any land matters during COVID 19 lockdown.
Kakande called upon President Museveni and the State House Anti Corruption Unit boss Col. Edith Nakalema to intervene to avert any bloodshed.
The Resident District Commissioner Gomba Steven Asiimwe who chaired the security meeting held on September 1 2021 cautioned locals against engaging in land matters that are before courts of law.
Asimwe was holding a security meeting at Kifampa Village Bulwadda Parish Kabulasoke Sub County in Gomba District.
The RDC warned the locals in Bulwadda to desist from defying court orders. He said: “Once the court has ordered that nothing be done, no one must do any activities on the said land until court decides on the matter.”
He was ordered that the workers of Ruvima stop forthwith any further defforesation, charcoal burning that degrades the environment and further fencing of the disputed land.
Gomba District Environmental Officer and Forestry Officers said the delayed rains in Gomba was due to the massive tree cutting by workers of Ruvima.
The RDC urged Kakande Aloysius to fast track the court cases with his lawyers so as to avoid bloodshed.
He urged the locals to learn to live in harmony with neighbors especially regarding allowing each other’s animals to access pasture and water.
The Bulwadda Parish Councilor Kateregga Emmanuel castigated Ruvima for using force to construct a fence around the disputed land and for denying animals access to the only water point in the area.
The meeting was also attended by the OC Kabulasoke Police Station ASP Aha, and officials from the Police Land Protection Unit in Kampala.
Ruvima declines to speak
When we contacted James Ruvima , he declined to comment referring us to his lawyers, who said they can’t comment on a matter before court.