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Drama as Minister, MP fight over land

Hon. Joy Kabatsi, the State Minister for Animal Industry ordered Mbarara police to arrest anyone trying to take land onto which DVO are located. (FILE PHOTO) 

MBARARA– The State Minister for Animal Industry Hon. Joy Kabatsi has Saturday directed police in Mbarara to arrest anyone trying to take the peace of land onto which the District Veterinary Office is located.

Following the reports that the Rwampara MP Charles Ngabirano is claiming the ownership of the 0.9 acres of land on Booma hills in Mbarara, minister Kabatsi gave a directive to the police to protect the government land.

While talking to media in Mbarara, the minister said she received phone calls on Thursday from the National Veterinary Association president saying that the land onto which their offices are located had been sold to Hon Ngabirano.

“The president Uganda Veterinary Association called me saying that our offices in Mbarara were being taken. I asked how. He answered that even the DVO had already been kicked out and that soon the offices would be demolished. That’s why I drove to come here today,” the minister revealed.

However, Kabatsi advised the MP and the people he connived with to acquire the land, to withdraw immediately, stressing that this is a government property.

Rwampara MP Charles Ngabirano claims he owns the said land. (FILE PHOTO)

She says she has already informed Lands minister on the matter.

“I talked to the minister of lands and also chairman Uganda Land Commission (ULC) Mr. Baguma Isoke to help us.”

When contacted for a comment, MP Ngabirano confirmed that he bought the land from a one Grace Muhairwe in 2013.

“I started paying for that land in 2013 and I made the final payment in 2015. Muhairwe also got the clearance to sell me the land from Uganda Lands Commission,” said MP.

“I got clearance from the Uganda Lands Commission and from the district even before I paid, so if the minister was saying otherwise, she may not have got right information. But we shall share with her so that there is no fracas” added Ngabirano.

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