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Mayuge sugar factory forges documents to secure lease

Mayuge district land committee has found fouth that a local sugar factory submitted forged documents to secure a land lease. (PHOTO/FILE)

MAYUGE – Mayuge Sugar Industries Limited is in trouble for forging documents of about 150 acres land to secure a lease from district land committee.

The said land covers four villages including Minoni, Wairama, Kasutaime, and Mpumu with about 243 families.
This was identified when the troubled factory had submitted documents to district land authorities to secure a lease for the land.

The area committee then found out that the real owners were local communities and that the company had submitted illegal and forged documents.
The Mayuge Resident District Commissioner (RDC) James Shilaku said: “Hiring our land without documentation has fueled land wrangles in the area.”

He added, “Them hire out land without the involvement of other family members, which is causing disputes.”

According to media reports, the family of the late Alupakusadi Wamulongo claimed compensation from the Uganda National Roads Authorities (UNRA) only to learn that the Mayuge Sugar Industries had also applied for compensation.

The family registered its land in the name of Maleeja Brothers with Francis Kateiguta as the Director.

According to Mpungwe LC3 Chairperson, Mr. Sulaiman Kato, the sugar producer was required to have a sugarcane plantation block before it could begin operations hence hiring the 99 acres.

However, the investors who were invited to the meeting were unable to attend claiming that they got the invitation on short notice.

They, therefore, asked to be given 10 to 15 days to prepare for the next meeting.

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