Mbarara. There was bitter quarrel between Mbarara Municipal Councilors and Technical Staff in a council meeting on Tuesday when they started blame game about Rwobuyenje Cemetery land in which the matter is in High Court at Mbarara on which the council has lost hopes of winning the case.
The development came to attention after the Deputy Town Clerk Richard Mugisha when was asked to brief the council about Rwobuyenje Cemetery land issue and how the case against Mbarara municipal Council has gone is. He clearly told the council that the best way to save this council is to withdraw the case from court and they let land go before they lose the case that may result into court costs because it is obvious that Mbarara Municipal council will never win this case.
Mugisha as a technical person, said that it is unfortunate that Council’s Lawyer is as confused as the client; no witness has come up on behalf of council, the documents about the purchase of this land were stolen off from the offices at this municipality.
One of the councilors Yusufu Kakembo rose up and started argued against the last regime, that the old councilors are the ones who connived with some individuals with influence to conceal facts on Rwobuyenje cemetery land. Kakembo added that it is so unfortunate that council is now going to lose the case about this land. That this is caused by the past regime which never followed up this matters carefully.
“We have Councilors of four terms in this council who were there by that time when council was buying this land, but they are just silent over the matter. This means some connived with those people who want to take public land” Kakembo said.
Matters about this land went to court some years back after some individuals who grabbed this land which the Mbarara Municipal Council claims that it also owns. Individuals identified as Muhammad Mwerango, George Bitwababo and others went to court and sued Mbarara Municipal council for wanting to grab their land. Other individuals who are involved in the land title of this land include the former Member of Parliament Herbert Muntuyera who claims he has land title to prove ownership of this controversial piece of land.
Sources reveal that this land was bought by Mbarara Municipal Council during the Mayor Robert Rutehenda’s regime at about 8m. But it was bought with a mere land agreement with one Muhammad Mwerango as the seller and that Council was not given certificate of title.
Francis Barabanaho the current Town Clerk for Mbarara said that as council cannot withdraw the case from court, instead as technical people they are going to request court to go for case mediation.
“It looks an embarrassment for an institution like this council that it wants to withdraw a case from court, that is a total defeat and we can’t do that at least let us request for mediation” said Barabanaho.