Balunywa told parliament yesterday September 7, that the university has failed to have physical possession of the two acres of land located in Kireka Hill View, 20 years after acquiring the land from Uganda Land Commission (ULC).
MUBS runs to Parliament over land squatters
Makerere University Business School (MUBS) is at risk of losing some of its land to squatters according to the University’s Principal, Prof. Waswa Balunywa.
“We have been grappling with this land issue for 20 years now. People have been encroaching on our land and up to now we have failed to take charge of this land [in Kireka] because squatters have already built houses and it is not easy to get the squatters out of the land. Our engineers have been there several times and they have been chased,” Prof. Balunywa said.
Balunywa was appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (Central) to respond to Auditor General’s queries for Financial Year 2020/2021.
Prof. Balunywa says that despite the university being in possession of the land title, efforts to take control of the land has remained futile due to resistance from the squatters. He added that management is stranded and cannot value, gazette nor develop the said land due to the challenge of squatters.
He appealed to the committee to assist them take physical possession of the said land.
“It is this same committee [PAC] that helped us to get compensated by the Uganda Land Commission. We seek for the same support to help us take possession of this land,” he said.
PAC vice chairperson, Hon. Asuman Basalirwa, advised MUBS management to drag the squatters to court since they have the land title to justify ownership of the land.
Ibanda North County MP, Hon Xavier Kyooma was quick to note that perhaps MUBS has not explored all options including writing to the squatters and securing an eviction court order to claim the land.
“Why wouldn’t they [MUBS] secure an eviction court order like others have been doing? And also this is an evidence-based committee and I would be very happy to find out that MUBS has made all attempts and have finally got a court eviction and that Police has not helped them,” Hon. Kyooma said.
Kyooma added that it is prudent that the committee helps MUBS to secure the land whether it is located on the wetland or otherwise.
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