Mende Sub County leaders say that brokers without presenting any documentation and in violation of the laws use the police to arrest bibanja occupants charge them with criminal trespass and later on destroy their property.
At least 100 families are facing eviction from three different villages in Mende sub-county, Wakiso District. More than 20 of these are facing
eviction from a 12-acres of land at Banda Village and 60 families are
facing eviction from Mabombwe village.
Another group of residents at Bakka village are
allegedly being evicted from the land they have lived in for decades
after a purported landlord destroyed their crops and houses. It is alleged that without any
documentation for proof of ownership and or court order, a group of land brokers stormed the villages and destroyed acreages of food crops, trees and coffee plantations as well as
Mende Sub County leaders allege that the brokers connive with security personnel in Wakiso District to take over chunks of land without following the due process of law. They said that the evictions are being conducted
without court orders and in violation of the presidential directive that
stopped evictions across the country.
Birungi Mathias Ssemujju, a councillor at Mende Sub-County accused authorities in the district of backing the evictions by protecting the perpetrators because when the matters are reported to the
various offices, no action is taken.
According to Ssemujju, the brokers and purported
landlords cause the arrest of occupants and they are remanded to prison
on charges of criminal trespass. Ssemujju said that the perpetrators of the ongoing
evictions are using police protection without any court order.
At Mabombwe, Ssemujju said that the sub-county
leadership have since mobilized the occupants to resist any forceful takeover of their land.
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Cue out:…bibanja byabwe."//
Mende Sub County Chairperson Peter Ntume said revealed that the brokers and land grabbers
are targeting Mende Sub County because the area had remained intact with chunks of virgin land. He says that the elderly in the area are duped into signing questionable agreements
purporting to sell their areas.
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Cue out..ensala yomusango ebula."//
Citing the case of Mabombwe village, Kaliiti Parish,
Ntume said that the brokers have forged letters of administration
to acquire special certificates of title while in some instances, the
fraudsters have acquired overlapping titles issued by the Wakiso District land
office. In cases where they do not present the fake documents, Ntume says, they have used armed personnel to threaten the occupants.
Wakiso Resident District Commissioner – RDC Justine
Mbabazi said that the destruction of property at Banda and Bakka villages was
conducted while she was attending a course at Kyankwanzi. However, she said that she has
scheduled August 22 to inspect the two villages and also hold meetings with the
affected persons to find lasting solutions.
Without divulging details into the matter, Mbabazi asked the
affected persons to always report their grievances to her office for handling
saying that nobody should be evicted from their land without her permission.