Government is set to cancel at least 17,000 land titles registered under wetlands in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts, the water and Environment minister professor Ephraim Kamuntu has revealed.
According to Kamuntu, the titles will be cancelled after the completion of the verification exercise by a cabinet subcommittee. He says titles issued by Uganda Land Commission after 1995 will be affected by the April 2014 cabinet resolution.
While appearing before the Natural Resources committee this afternoon, Kamuntu noted that those found culpable of encroaching on the wetlands will not receive direct compensation.
He also disclosed that, the Ministry is investigating officials from Uganda Land Commission over issuing the contested titles.
However, some MPs on the committee expressed skepticism on the implementation of the order citing the laxity by the ministry and its agencies to implement certain directives.
Martin Drito, the Madi Okollo MP and his Aswa county Reagan Okumu faulted government for failing to reign in on culprits particularly those in government involved in the mess.
They argued that, the NEMA Act does not have provisions to regulate wetland use.
The committee has directed the ministry to produce a list of the contested titles next week. Currently, government embarked on reclaiming wetlands across the country including Kinawataka on the outskirts of Kampala.