Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development has intervened in a
land wrangle where over 200 families are reportedly facing forceful eviction from
in Buyanja parish, Buraru sub-county Hoima district.
affected villages include; Ryobunyonyi, Kirindasojo and Kihohoro where the
family of Fred Mugamba is claiming ownership of the disputed land.
in the area have been feuding with Magamba over a piece of land measuring 810
hectares since last year.
Wakabi, the Bugahya county MP while addressing the affected residents on
Thursday said that the ministry of lands is set to meet the conflicting parties
on Thursday next week.
is after the legislator petitioned the ministry following reports that the
tycoon is reportedly harassing residents with illegal arrests, destroying their
crops and threatening to forcefully evict them from the land.
in;”Ekyo ku banza…
out:…Baitu bainga basatu.”//
says they want to prove the authenticity of the reported land title owned by
Mugamba. He also wonders how Mugamba acquired the said land in three villages
without the consent of the area leaders.
vowed to fight land grabbing in the county saying some tycoons connive with
land boards to grab land.
in;”Timu gyi kyora…
out:…Nka piua wakabi.”//
Mwanga, the LC3 chairman for Buraru however asked residents to resume their
work as the issue is being handled.
Busobozi, one of the affected residents explained that Mugamba wants to forcefully
evict them from their ancestral land. He wants justice to prevail so that their
land can be protected.
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cue out:...now shooting up."//
Mugamba refuted claims of land grabbing saying he is the legitimate owner of the
January Robert Mutegeki, the Chairperson of Buyanja village in Buraru
sub-county was arrested and detained for allegedly conniving with land grabbers
to grab the contested piece of land.
was arrested during a heated village meeting held at Buyanja village after
residents accused him of conniving with investors to take their land.
residents explained that their Chairperson has on several occasions issued land
sale letters, and appended his signature and the village official stamp on
fictitious land transactions leading to the eviction of several residents.
accused Mutegeki of allegedly conniving with a tycoon identified as Fred
Magamba to grab 810 hectares of land situated in the villages of Rwobunyonyi,
Buyanja and Kirindasojo.
duo allegedly hired people to clear the land destroying crop gardens including
cassava, Maize, Banana plantations, rice and beans among others belonging to
the area residents.
was rescued from a mob of angry residents by Robert Mwanga, the LCIII
chairperson who immediately alerted police. He was arrested moments after.