KAMPALA – City businessman Godfrey Kirumira and Mulago surgeon Dr. Ben Khingi have agreed to amicably settle their land dispute following a meeting with officials from State House land department.
The matter escalated about two weeks ago after Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine accused Lt. Gen. Charles Angina of abusing the image of the UPDF after using soldiers to intervene in the matter.
But on Wednesday, following a meeting with Ms Mariam Namayanja, the Private Secretary to the President on land matters, Mr Kirumira and Dr Khingi agreed that they resolve the matter amicably.
Consequently, Ms Namayanja oversaw the opening up of boundaries on the contested land.
Dr. Khingi told journalists after the survey that he will meet with Kirumira and resolve the matter.
“I am going to negotiate with my neighbour and see the outcome. The current position is that we have engaged with professionals and have got guidance. We are going to sit and reach a cordial arrangement basing on what the technical persons found out,” he said.
“The situation has now been diffused and the outcome of the negotiations will be communicated,” he added.
In an interview on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Gen Tumwine told this website that he was forced to act tough on Angina because the latter had ignored his earlier advice to settle the matter amicably instead of using force.
Dr Khingi accuses Kirumira of encroaching on his land in Muyenga. He claims the businessman built the wall of Hotel International in Muyenga on his plot of land. But Kirumira denies the accusations, saying there is no way he could have encroached on the doctor’s land since he had bought it earlier in 1999 while the doctor bought his in 2017.
Gen Tumwine said earlier, he had asked Kirumira and Khingi to resolve the land wrangle through several meetings to no avail.