The land that was leased to businessman, Sudhir Ruparelia, in Namulonge doesn’t belong to the government of Uganda.
The land occupied by Namulonge National Crops Resources Research Institute actually belongs to a mailo land owner and the Church of Uganda.
The Yasoni Mbazira Kitamirike family and the Church of Uganda showed NTV land titles saying they leased the Namulonge land for 99 years to the then Uganda Protectorate under the British Colonialists in 1945.
The Kitamirike family says their grandfather leased 2,200 acres of their mailo land while the church leased 40 acres to Namulonge.
Mike Kitamirike, the caretaker of the family land, told NTV the deal in which Sudhir has been offered this land by government is a fraud.
“My grandfather left the land to my father, Edward Jacob Kitamirike, who signed the documents,” Mike said.
This was corroborated by Henry Lugolobi from church of Uganda who also said the church leased part of the land to government.
“Sudhir bought air. We don’t know where that title he has came from,” Mike revealed.
He said his great grandfather was a treasurer in Buganda kingdom and that’s when he got the disputed land.
Meanwhile, Dr Godfrey Asea, the director of Namulonge says the institute is important to the country and should not be demolished.
About 60 scientists currently work from the institute which was vital in ending cassava mosaic disease in the 90s.
However, Sudhir says the land was given to him by the consent of President Yoweri Museveni and three ministers.
He plans to start a flower estate on the land.