By Yosam Gucwaki
Masindi high court yesterday dismissed a case in which Alai Dada the Ex- rebel of the defunct West Nile Bank front sued Hoima Catholic Diocese accusing it of grabbing 273.4 hectares of land located in Kyamugenzi village Buhanika subcounty in Hoima district.
In 2001 Dada dragged Hoima catholic Diocese challenging the manner in which it acquired the title of the land which he claims belonged to him before he went into exile in 1979.
Dada also sued the Uganda Land Commission and the Attorney General for giving out the land which belonged to him.
Counsel Robert Irumba Alai Dadas lawyer said that by the time his client went into exile, he was in the process of acquiring the land title and in the midway he failed to proceed since he wasnt settled.
Irumba also indicated that on his return from exile in Sudan in 2001, Dada discovered that his land had been encroached on by the Catholics in 1987 and a land title had been processed at the hands of the church.
However, the Catholics through their lawyers Rogers Bikala, David Abigaba and Cyrus Mugabi Kahima said that they acquired the land before 1970s from Surumani Rubumbi who used to make clay pots for Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.
Justice Albert Rugadaya Atwooki dismissed the case with costs explaining that the applicants lease had expired and the land was free for reallocation.
Addressing journalists after the judgment, Alai Dada noted that he will not vacate his land since his father left it to him adding that he will appeal.
Dominic Ndugwa the chancellor Hoima catholic Diocese thanked court for exhibiting justice in their case.
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