Irumba explains that that the Office of the Prime Minister assigned him two police guards last year after unidentified people raided his farm and killed several animals before they drove away with several others.
Fr. Pascal Kabura, a member of the Tooro Elders Forum, says that the meeting came after four years of waiting. Kabura explains that the elders met the President in 2013 and he promised to meet them again in 2014 in vain.
The Elders Forum in Tooro, under their umbrella Isaazi lyAbaantu Bakuru Ba Tooro, have accused the government of remaining silent following acts of violence against the former kingdom prime minister, Stephen Irumba. Last month, unknown people raided Irumbas ranch located in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district, killing five cows. Two cows were stolen and three cut. In a press release signed by Professor Edward Rugumayo, the chairperson of the Elders Forum, the elders urged the government to carry out investigations on the violence meted out to Irumba.
Irumba has been battling the government over the ownership of a piece of land measuring about 200 acres in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district Since last year, . The disputed land neighbors Kyaka I Refugee Settlement.
Last month, Irumbas lawyer Solomon Webale Araali met the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, officials from Ministry of Lands and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and agreed to open the boundaries on the disputed land to ascertain the owner. The exercise was supposed to be carried out this month.
Through his lawyer Solomon Webale Araali of KGN Advocates, Stephen Irumba accuses the government of grabbing 200 of his 500 acres of land in Rwentuha Sub County in Kyegegwa district and turning it into a refugee settlement area. In September last year, officials from the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees started settling more than 100 families on the land, a move Irumba says is illegal. This was after the officials surveyed the land and claimed it belonged to the government.