Ministry Intervenes in Hoima Land grabbing Saga

The affected villages include Ryobunyonyi, Kirindasojo and Kihohoro where the family of Fred Mugamba is claiming ownership of the disputed land.

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The Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development has intervened in a land wrangle where over 200 families are reportedly facing forceful eviction from three villages in Buyanja parish, Buraru sub-county Hoima district.  

The affected villages include; Ryobunyonyi, Kirindasojo and Kihohoro where the family of Fred Mugamba is claiming ownership of the disputed land. 

Residents in the area have been feuding with Magamba over a piece of land measuring 810 hectares since last year.  

Pius 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.  

This 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.

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Wakabi 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.  

He vowed to fight land grabbing in the county saying some tycoons connive with land boards to grab land.

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Robert Mwanga, the LC3 chairman for Buraru however asked residents to resume their work as the issue is being handled.  

Godfrey 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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Recently, Mugamba refuted claims of land grabbing saying he is the legitimate owner of the disputed land.  In 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.  

Mutegeki was arrested during a heated village meeting held at Buyanja village after residents accused him of conniving with investors to take their land.

The 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.     

They 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.  

The 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.  

Mutegeki was rescued from a mob of angry residents by Robert Mwanga, the LCIII chairperson who immediately alerted police. He was arrested moments after.