SHEEMA RDC KYERERE: WE MUST DEVELOP KITAGATA HOT SPRINGS AGAINST DECISION OF THE PUBLIC , IBAARA FAMILY
By Aggrey Twesigye
Kitagata town council and the family of the late John Ibaara are at logger heads over the ownership of the land where Mulago hot springs are situated.
The hot springs in question is located along Ishaka-Kagamba road in Kitagata town council Sheema district opposite to Ekyomugabe, which was previously used by the kings of Ankole kingdom.
A meeting chaired by Vivian Lyanzi, the assistant commissioner in charge of tourism, ministry of wildlife and antiquities was yesterday held at Kitagata Town council offices to resolve the misunderstandings between the two parties.
Ms. Lyanzi noted that the ministry, Kitagata town council in partnership with United Nation Development Programme would like to refurbish the hot springs.
However, Ian Ibaara the son to the late Ibaara who is among the administrators of the Ibaara family Estates argued that they have should first be informed in case any development is to be made on the land.
He noted that as a family they will not be intimidated or forced to give away their land.
Frank Besigye Kyerere the Resident District Commisioner for Sheema district pledged to provide security to Kitagata town council and the contractors to enable them execute the construction works.
In a recent interview with www.mknewslink.com, Kyerere noted that the hot spring which receives over 200 people every day has no latrine, dressing rooms and it lacks security.
He revealed that the ministry of tourism in conjunction with Kitagata town council only wants to modernize the hot spring by building 6 stance pit latrines, dressing rooms for both male and female plus fencing the place.
The RDC said that the family of the late Ibara has mobilized the residents to refuse the developments due to the fact that they have been collecting revenue with claims that the land on which the hot spring sits is theirs.
He appealed to the public to accept the development and ignore individuals like Ibara and senior commissioner Laban Muhabwa who are trying to mislead them.
Kitagata residents on 19th March 2021 intimated to www.mknewslink.com that Sheema RDC Frank Besigye Kyerere is conniving with some district leaders to steal their Hot Springs.
Led by Retired Senior Commissioner of Police Laban Muhabwa who recently contested for Chairmanship of Sheema but lost to Jemimah Buhanda , the residents vowed that they will fight to the end to make sure no one tampers with their hot springs.
Angry residents who talked to our reporter warned that Kitagata hot spring is God given, was found there and vowed that it must remain.
Muhabwa added that district leaders have on several occasions tried to snatch Kitagata Hot Springs from the hands of Ugandans all in the name of developing the vast land.
He however warned government leaders not to dare take this deadly move and called upon Ugandans to be ready with stones, sticks so that they lynch whoever comes close the hot spring with his or her ill intentions.
“In 1984 some corrupt government leaders tried taking over these hot springs but we fought them and I can assure them
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