Kiconco, the Proprietor of Lex Man Industries Limited filed a case against 17 original squatters on the land in Lusanja that he claims to have compensated and are currently occupying the land illegally.
The High Court Land Division has allowed more respondents to be
included on the suit filed by city businessman Medard Kiconco.
Kiconco, the Proprietor of Lex Man
Industries Limited filed a case against 17 original squatters on the land in
Lusanja that he claims to have compensated and are currently occupying the land
This was after Kiconco, with the help of armed police and bailiffs
violently demolished 350 houses in the piece of land he claimed to own, leaving
over 550 people homeless.
However, in December, court overturned the
eviction order thus declaring it illegal on grounds that the court order that
was delivered by Nabweru Chief Magistrate Esther Nasambu was meant for the land
in Ssekanyonyi zone, Mpererwe but not Lusanja.
The disputed land measuring 3.89 acres is located on Block 206,
Plot 671 at Mpererwe.
On Wednesday, 128 occupants of the land told the Land Division of
High Court through their lawyer Abdullah Kiwanuka that the land in question is
theirs because they are the Bibanja holders.
They also argued that they acquired the land from one of the
beneficiaries of the former owner the late Paul Bitarabeho.
However, Kiconco’s lawyer Rashid Babu disagreed with the request
of adding more respondents.
Babu told court presided by the Deputy Registrar Samuel Emokol
that the 128 people are ideally forcing Kiconco to sue them yet he has no case
He further argued that the rules are very clear that one shouldn’t
sue the other if there is no reason for doing so.
Babu instead asked court to advise the 128 people to sue Kiconco. He
explained that if the Registrar wants court to proceed by adding more
respondents onto the suit, the construction currently going on in Lusanja
should be halted.
Emukol disagreed with Babu and allowed the residents to be
included on the list of the respondents.