By Spy Uganda
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Judith Nabakooba, has assured Kabarole residents that the land dispute between Toro and Mityana Tea Company Limited (TAMTECO) and the community members from Kijura Town Council and Kabende Sub-County will be sorted very soon.
“The President is aware of the dispute and he had guided on it before I entered the lands ministry; however, implementation was delayed. MP Businge Victoria Rusoke brought the matter to my attention. I promise to ensure that this matter is sorted once and for all. In the meantime, let the status quo remain as of now. No one should be chased from where he or she is. Let us co-exist peacefully as the government gets a lasting solution.”
Nabakooba made the remarks at the Women’s Day celebrations in Kijura Town, Kabarole district where she revealed another good news that the government, through the Land Fund, paid off landlords in Kabarole and Fort Portal.
The procured pieces of land, she said, include: Land in Mugusu Sub County, Busoro Sub County and North Division (Futi Butangwa, Gweri and Mandako areas) Nabakooba also hinted at the government’s plans to develop Fort Portal City.
“We are trying to develop Fort Portal City. We have the USMID program worth Sh20b. But the work is moving at a slow pace. I was informed that we are only 14 per cent which is disappointing. Let us work together to develop this city,” she said.
Nabakooba at the same event encouraged women to start investing in land as a means of production which may boost their livelihood and curb domestic violence/
“I urge women to seriously consider buying land. Land is a means of production and most income-generating projects in rural areas require land,” she said.