The State Minister for Animal Industry Hon Joy Kabatsi has on Saturday directed the Mbarara police to arrest whoever try to grab the piece of land onto which the District Veterinary Office is located.
The directive was made following allegations that he Rwampara member of parliament Charles Ngabirano is claiming to be the rightful owner of the land measuring about 0.9 acres located on Booma hills in Mbarara. Hon minister Kabatsi urged police to protect the government land.
Speaking to journalists in Mbarara town, the minister said she received the report through phone call 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 warned the member of parliament and the people he connived with to acquire the land, to withdraw immediately, stating that the land is a government property.
She said the minister of land has already been informed about the issue.
“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,” Ngabirano said.
He added; “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.