It is alleged that the three family members have been threatening Bahuma with forceful eviction for the past three years. This prompted her to seek help from the Kikuube Resident commissioner-RDC, Amlan Tumusiime.
The residents are facing off with businessman Francis Kaahwa, who is said to have illegally acquired a title for the contested land measuring about 1,800 hectares. The residents say that they learnt about the transaction in 2019 and wondered how Kaahwa acquired a title on the land that many of them have occupied since the 1960s.
Julius Mwesige,60, a resident of Kisita village, says that he has been a resident of the contested land since his birth. He wants the authorities to investigate how the veterans acquired a title for the said land without their consent.
According to Kalungi, after spending four days in the cells at Kiwoko police stations, officers from the Land Protection Unit coerced him to sign an agreement admitting that he unlawfully bought the land and accepts a refund of the Shillings 1,270,000, which he used to pay for the land 12 years ago.
Uganda Wildlife Authority on December 15, embarked on the eviction of over 780 people from 60 square km of Moru Alokwangat game reserve which straddles Abim, Kotido and Napak districts. The encroachers are reportedly from neighbouring Teso districts.
The officers were seen this morning recording statements from some of the affected people at Katerega Catholic Church. The affected families were brutally evicted from their homes by bailiffs from Maji Moto Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs in February this year.
In her testimony on Monday afternoon, Kigozi, a resident of Kirangira Zone A in Mukono Central Division in Mukono district, said on January 22nd, 2018, two police pick-ups carrying officers raided her home on Banobas directives claiming that she had failed to compensate the businessman with Shillings 30 million as damages for trespassing on his land.