By Ivan Mwine
Renowned city businessman Hamis Kiggundu, who is popularly known as Ham, has trashed allegations going around that he is attempting to grab land belonging to Kabaka Ronald Mutebi in Kigo, on which he intends to construct a multibillion modern sports complex.
The impasse arose after Ham’s workers attempted to clear an access road to the contested land, only to be stopped by Kabaka’s guards, who stormed the scene and blocked attempts to construct the access road.
Prior to that, Simon Kabogoza, the Executive Director Buganda Land Board, the institution that is mandated to manage Kabaka’s land across Buganda, had written to the Uganda Revenue Authority (UNRA) and police contesting Ham’s actions and vehemently condemned the tycoon’s actions.
However, Ham, through his company Kiham Enterprises Uganda Limited under which he bought the said land, has today adduced evidence to prove that he is indeed the bonafide owner of the land.
It should be noted that last Friday, Ham, through his real estate company Kiham Enterprises (U) Limited, deployed casual labourers and grader operators who started clearing the 140 acre chunk of prime land in Kigo.
Ham co-owns the real estate company with his uncle Edward Nakibinge Kaggwa; Ham owns 99% shares while Nakibinge owns 1%.
The contested land is located on the stretch lying between Victoria Serena Hotel and Mirembe Villas.
Whereas Mengo and Buganda Land Board yet to adduce evidence to prove their ownership of the land, here below are the subject land’s detail from Ham:
Kyadondo Block 273 Plots 23974, 23975, 23976, & 23977, land at Kigo.
Total Acreage is 37.767 Hectares/93.322 Acres.
The contested land is situated between Serena-Kigo and Mirembe Villas land, off Munyonyo Spur Road, and extends inwards sharing common boundaries with Serena-Kigo, Mirembe Villas and Lake Victoria.
Usable acreage is 78.086 Acres whereas 15.236 Acres incorporate access roads.
The said land is Freehold land granted by Wakiso District Land Board and the Freehold Land Titles were issued in November 2019 by Wakiso District Land Office.
The subject land falls under ‘Public Land’ formerly Plot 20 and referred to as, ‘Total Lake Area’, originally measuring approximately 289.34 Acres.
Below is the layout for the location details indicating Kabaka’s land and Public Land.
The misconceived Kingdom of Buganda owned Land:
Private Mailo land on Kyadondo Block 273 Plots 87, 99,110 & others, land at Kigo.
It shares boundaries with the Public Land (already described above), mainly comprising; Mirembe Villas, Kigo Prisons, part of Serena Kigo land, taking part of the Munyonyo Spur Road outwards beyond the Munyonyo Spur.
It is composed on Final Certificate (F.C 18454) formerly Plot 96
Proposed Ham Sports Club:
Kiham Enterprises Uganda Limited is in advanced stages of building an Integrated Sports Complex called Ham Sports Club.
It is intended to Identify, Nurture and Promote Ugandan Youth Talent domestically, regionally, and internationally.
It accommodates 3 state of the art football playgrounds (including 2 training grounds), 2 Olympic size swimming pools, World Class Gym, 4 basketball courts, 4 tennis courts, 4 netball courts, all indoor games, accommodation facilities and a grade four medical health facility.
The project is going to bring a lot of social economic transformation to many Ugandans at large, with Buganda inclusive.
In light of the above, the project proposal was submitted to National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for review and subsequently a NEMA approval certificate was obtained in December 2020 clearing the project to take off and originally measuring approximately 16 Square miles and 228 Acres.
Additionally, there was need to open up an access road to the project area, and thus a request for access off Munyonyo Spur was made to UNRA 0n 2nd November 2020, and following several inspections by the UNRA Kampala Station team, permission was granted on 23rd November 2020 under strict conditions including notifying them prior to commencement of works for effective technical guidance and Supervision mainly on the drainage channel widening.
Prior to commencement of any activities in as far as opening up an access road is concerned, Kiham Enterprises (U) Limited contacted the local leadership through the L.C 1 Chairman of Kigo Prisons Cell, who also re-emphasized the need to widen the drainage channel that runs across the Munyonyo Spur Road and further welcomed the project.
Efforts were made to contact the neighbours and notify them about the projected activities but with minimal breakthroughs.
Ham notes however, that; “We shall continue to engage the two neighbours (Mirembe Villas & Serena Kigo) with the aim of working together mainly in harmonizing the drainage expansion activities in the area.”
He contends that on 8th March 2022, Kiham Enterprises commenced with the works of expansion of the drainage channel (under technical guidance and supervision of UNRA) and opening up an access road for the Sports Club Project.
Going forward, Kiham Enterprises (U) Limited welcomes the following:
That a joint boundary opening exercise of both the Freehold land titles comprised on Kyadondo Block 273 Plots 23974, 23975, 23976, 23977 and the Kabaka Private Mailo land comprised on Kyadondo Block 273 Plots 87, 99,110 & others is carried out, with the aim of seeking clarifications and ascertaining the true location of both properties and as a way of confirmation that truly, the two properties are separate, do not overlap into one another, one is a Private Mailo land whereas the other is Public land, and that the only common identifier of the two properties is the shared Plot Boundaries and the fact that they all fall in the same Block and County.