Uganda: Hima Cement has agreed to return land it acquired in the Mwello Parish of Tororo District to the local residents due to mistakes made by its land agent. The company’s agent, Optima Mining and Minerals, allegedly purchased land from residents who did not hold the necessary paperwork, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper. The agent then intended to apply for a lease on the land from Tororo District Land Board.
Dunstan Ndyaguma, Optima’s managing director, was advised by the commission to obtain a lawyer to learn about the land tenure system in the district. He was also described as a ‘dangerous’ man because he had manipulated local residents in his dealings with them.
Hima Cement, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, wants to build a US$250m new cement plant in the area. It has warned that the project may be moved to Kenya instead due to the difficulties in obtaining land.