James Kakooza: How Uganda’s representative to EALA survived mob lynching over land grabbing

Kakooza almost got lynched by a mob who claimed that he wanted to grab the land. He was however rescued by the police.

Hon James Kakooza.

Uganda’s representative to the East African Legislative Assembly-EALA, James Kakooza on Sunday narrowly survived being lynched by angry residents in Lubowa, Makindye-Ssabagabo municipality over a land dispute.

Kakooza is involved in a land dispute with his neighbour. The land in question is said to be about 0.22 acres and found in Lubowa, behind Roofings Uganda Limited.

According to URN, a lady who talked on anonymity accuses the MP of grabbing her land which includes her gate and a wall fence which served as a boundary between the two neighbours.

To her dismay, she said Kakooza while claiming it was part of his land, demolished the wall fence.

According to URN news agency, Kakooza almost got lynched by a mob who claimed that he wanted to grab the land. He was however rescued by the police.

It’s alleged that Kakooza instructed the contractor to demolish the lady’s gate saying it was part of his land. It’s also alleged that police had advised the MP not to continue with the works on the disputed land until the matter is resolved by local authorities. He however refused to take the advice and went ahead with his plans.

The lady also accuses Kakooza of not involving her as he reportedly surveyed the disputed land in early 2021 yet when she applied for a lease title from Buganda Land Board-BLB for the land near Kakooza’s plot, her neighbours signed the survey report.

The lady further told URN that she has yet to get her title despite completing payment of 2.4 Million Shillings to the board.

In an interview with the news agency, Kakooza insisted that the land belongs to him and would continue with plans to construct apartments on the site.

He said he bought the piece of land from Patrick Ssemambo who held the title from 1991.

The woman however refutes Kakooza’s claims arguing that she has lived in the land since 1992 adding that Ssemambo bought the plot in the early 2000s, not 1991 as Kakooza claims.

Kakooza says he surveyed the land in the absence of his neighbour because she could not be reached for close to two years.

This is just one of those land wrangles that Kakooza has been embroiled in.
In January 2012, he was accused of alleged fraud and theft of property belonging to his late brother Simon Peter Kakooza. James Kakooza allegedly stole the property that had been entrusted to the brother.

According to Joseph Kakooza, the deceased’s son, the legislator changed ownership of a maize mill on block 76, Plot 536 in Lyantonde, sold off the tractor and confiscated Dembe Bar and Lodge also in Lyantonde town.