Crime

Government sued over Shs35 billion land

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Attorney general William Byaruhang right with the former Attorney General Hon. Fred Ruhindi

High Court Kampala has given government only fifteen days within which to respond to the allegations that it refused to compensate owners of a piece of land measuring 1500 acres which it took over.

The summons were issued after Sango Bay Estate Ltd, a sugar processing industry petitioned the demanding Shs35 billion as compensation for the said land located in Rakai District that was allegedly taken over by government.

According to court documents seen by this reporter, the sugar company claims the government took over its land inclusive of Lukoma Airstrip and lodged a caveat on it before they were compensated.

The sugar factory further states that the government agreed on February 8, this year to compensate it with the said money in four installments starting April 2016.

However, it has failed to honour the agreement despite the constant demands and reminders.

The failure on part of government to honour its end of the bargain prompted the sugar factory to institute civil proceedings against Attorney general William Byaruhang who is the top government lawyer.

Document before Court shows that upon signing the agreement on 8 February 2016, the sugar company handed over the certificate title of the land in question to government which took possession.

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