By Mirembe Martina
The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, has sued National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)for sh6 billion.
The Kabaka is suing NWSC for constructing a sewerage treatment plant on his land in Lubigi, without his permission. He is seeking compensation of Shs 134m as overdue ground rent or buy the seven hectare land at Shs 6.2bn.
In addition, he wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining NWSC employees and agents from interfering and trespassing on the land until it pays compensation. The land in dispute is marked plots 97, 99 and 101; block 203 found in Kawempe, Kampala district. The suit number 428 of 2013 has been filed at the Lands division of the High court.
“The acquisition and possession of the land in suit by the respondent [NWSC] amounted to deprivation of property and the conduct of NWSC is oppressive and high-handed,” the plaint reads. “When putting up the plant, National Water and Sewerage Corporation lacked an environmental impact assessment [EIA] of the area and its works continue to have a negative impact on the land, “reads the affidavit, sworn by the executive secretary of the Buganda Land Board, Kiwalabye Male.
NWSC also reportedly rejected a compensation request from the Kabaka. According to Article 26(2b) of the Constitution, “No person shall be compulsorily deprived of property or any interest in or right over property unless there’s prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation prior to the taking of the possession or acquisition of the property.”
NWSC spokesperson, Vivien Newumbe said that it was wrong for the Kabaka to sue them, since they were implementing a project on behalf of the government. “We don’t own the land in question. We just put in place a sewerage project; so, it is wrong for anybody to sue us. They should instead sue the central government which offered us the land,” she said.