After a protracted battle with land grabbers who had schemed to grab Budo’s farmland, the school finally won the battle today.
The state minister of lands, Hon. Sam Mayanja, at a meeting of the parties held at the locus after hearing from both sides, has directed that King’s College Budo continues being in possession and use of the farmland. He made it clear that the Kigemuzi family, which has been a front for land grabbers, owns no kibanja on Budo’s land and therefore has no legitimate claim whatsoever.
He asked Budo to continue with its activities and warned the fraudulent land grabbers to desist from disturbing Budo’s quiet possession and use of the land.
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The land that has been under contention was acquired by King’s College, Budo, in 1987. Since then, the school has been cultivating on the land, uncontested until 2013, when unscrupulous people, through the family of one Kigemuzi, started laying claim to the school farm as their kibanja. Since then, the school has been battling the land grabbers.
In the process of battling the grabbers, the school wrote to the president, asking him to intervene and save it from the grabbers. The president then wrote to the state minister of lands, Hon. Sam Mayanja directing him to intervene and give a way forward.
The minister called for a meeting between the parties. After the Kigemuzi family failed during the meeting to show any documentary proof of the ownership of their “kibanja”, the minister concluded that the family owns no kibanja and that it is wrong for it to make any claim of owning one on the school land.
The minister then directed that the school is left in possession and use of the land, ending years of a protracted battle the school has had with the family of Kigemuzi.