By Okoodi Deo
Mwesigwa Laurence a senior agriculture officer in charge of farm planning at Mubuku irrigation scheme has petitioned parliamentary committee on natural resources over the increased cases of land grabbing within the scheme.
Mwesigwa says over 156 hectares have so far been grabbed and titled with a help from Kasese district land board.
Mwesigwa told the MPs that his attempt to block the land grabbing at the government funded irrigation project has instead earned him death threats.
Alex Byarugaba the chairperson of the parliamentary committee, who promised to encourage government to pump more money in the water sector, advised the scheme management to involve the land grabbers in the scheme saying such a decision will not only save the remaining land but also save them from litigation.
The same advice was echoed by district deputy RDC Muhindo Amwadebu who requested the Agriculture ministry to relocate people running small pieces of land in the scheme so as to create an opportunity for big investors to put the scheme into good use.
The MPs were in the region to monitor the ministry of water and environment projects like river Mpanga, Mubuku and Rwizi water catchment
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