NFA appeals award of Kajjansi forest reserve to businessman Ntaganda

The Commission of Inquiry into Land matters has heard that the National Forestry Authority (NFA) board resolved to appeal against the High Court declaration of businessman Ephraim Ntaganda as the rightful owner of Kajjansi forest reserve.

NFA board chairman Gashom Onyango told the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire land probe commission that the NFA board had on October 19 learned that High Court Judge Godfrey Namundi on June 28 declared Ntaganda and two others the lawful owners of the land.

Ntaganda acquired 320 acres of Kajjansi Forest Reserve in Wakiso district under Logistic Real Estate and Developers Limited in 2011 after Onyango who was acting NFA executive director gave him an expression of no objection to the acquisition and utilization of the above land.

Ntaganda later claimed ownership of the forest reserve and eventually acquired a land title in 2013.

He later sold part of the land to Eria Mubiru, Vivian Keza and Peninah Busingye Kabingani who are now the recognised owners of the forest reserve as per Judge Namundi’s June 28 judgement.

The judgement also stopped NFA and its staff from trespassing on the land, plus an order for NFA to Ntaganda Shs 200m in damages. Ntaganda was also awarded costs of the suit.

Onyango told the probe commission the NFA board had been advised by its legal team to appeal the judgement.