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Mbarara: ‘Land Grabbers’ Threaten Danish Garbage Collection Project

Mbarara Municipal Council is grappling with a new hurdle facing its latest efforts to address garbage collection in Municipality.

The Municipality has been dragged to court by people, who the council described as land grabbers, trying to seize land where a planned waste management plant is planned to be established.

This development was revealed yesterday by Mbarara Town Clerk Edward Lwanga during an extraordinary council meeting that was meant pass a resolution allowing the municipality to sign a memorandum of understanding with a Danish company, which committed to set up the plant.

The company named Transform AF, which is based in Jægersborgvej in Lyngby Denmark, expressed interest in August to set up the solid waste management plant at the Kenkombe garbage collection site.

The plant will also be manufacturing fertilizers from the biodegradable materials, which they will be selling to local farmers at affordable prices.

The Danish company also offered to provide three garbage trucks to the municipality to ease the garbage collection.

Last week however, the town clerk says he received a document from the IGG’s office in Mbarara indicating that this land was being claimed by one Asiimwe Alex Mubangizi and Jacklet Mubangizi.

The two, according to the IGG’s office, obtaining a caveat in June 2017, blocking any development on the said land.

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But the clerk says he had never heard of this caveat until last Friday.

During yesterday’s meeting, some council members including the Mayor Robert Kakyebezi and the Speaker Bony Tashobya wanted to proceed with the resolution to sign the MoU, but were advised by the clerk, Mr Lwanga, to have the court matter addressed first.

“We must first do away with the caveat that is fixed on our land; we don’t want interference,” said the town clerk.

Lwanga further reassured that the land in question is not being sold to the Danish people.

“It is not that they want to own the land; they are not buying and neither are we leasing, they are just working from our land.”

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