On January 11, an interim order was issued restraining the defendants
Despite an interim order by the Masaka High Court barring Bank of Uganda from carrying out any developments on the golf course in Masaka, construction work continues on the contested land.
By Friday, an excavator could be seen clearing the site, with trucks carrying soil from the site and men constructing structures on one part of the site.
On January 11, an interim order was issued restraining the defendants/ respondents, their agents and employees from any further activity or development on the Masaka Golf Course land.
The order followed a petition filled by Jude Mbabali, a lawyer for the petitioners who also happens to be the district LC5 Chairman.
The notice further states that the interim order shall remain in force until March, 21, 2017 when the matter will be determined or until court orders otherwise.
On January 4, the Bank of Uganda issued a clarification, in the New Vision indicating it is the lawful and registered owner of the contested part of the green belt, with a certificate of title having acquired it from the then registered lease owner in 2006.
"The previous owner had acquired a lease in 1995 from the Masaka Municipal Council in 1995 following the re-planning of the municipality after the 1979 war. In 2001, this lease was renewed by the Masaka District Land Board," the clarification reads in part.
"Issue of ownership of this property were investigated by the IGG who concluded that the property is lawfully owned by the Bank of Uganda. Following the approval of its development plans by Masaka Municipality, the Bank of Uganda has embarked on the process of developing the property as a BoU currency center for Masaka,"
But Mbabali and the Uganda Golf Union officials say the land was illegally acquired hence the court order.