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400 Face Eviction in Rakai

The affected residents are from the villages of; Kyandaaza, Kigeye and Kateerero located in Byakabanda Sub County. A Kampala based businessman Enoch Rwamirembe is threatening to evict them off the land they have occupied for decades.
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400 people in three villages in Rakai district face eviction.

The affected residents are from the villages of; Kyandaaza, Kigeye and Kateerero located in Byakabanda Sub County.

A Kampala based businessman Enoch Rwamirembe is threatening to evict them off the land they have occupied for decades. Rwamirembe claims ownership of the land measuring 1.6 square miles which he says he bought from the family of the late Asuman Matero; one of the famous mailo Landowners in the area.

Baker Kiwanuka, the Byakabanda Sub County Chairperson says that the land dispute has dragged on since 2014 when Rwamirembe first showed up to claim ownership of the land.

He says that Rwamirembe recently secured an interim court order granting him permission to open boundaries of the said land and eventually utilize it.

Kiwanuka says despite being unknown in the area, the land claimant is now threatening to evict the residents causing tension in the area.

//Cue in: “mu 2014 nali mu office……  

 Cue out; …….nga tetugobaganyiziddwa.’’//

Edith Nalwoga, one of the affected persons says they have occupied the land since 1949, and have been paying rent fees arguing how they can be evicted without compensation.

 

Nalwoga aged 68 says, besides their ancestral home and plantations they also own graveyards of their grandparents on the disputed land insisting they have nowhere to relocate to.

Patrick Kanyana, the Chairperson for Kyandaaza Village says that they have no alternative but to resist eviction.

During a heated meeting with the district security team led Charles Mubiru, the Rakai Resident District Commissioner, the affected residents threatened to resort to violence should there be any planned attempts to open-up boundaries or eviction.

//Cue in; “Ssebo RDC …..     

Cue out; ……ekidako kiddako.”// 

Mubiru has asked for more time to study the dispute, promising that he will meet with the Rakai Grade One Magistrate and the Land claimant to harmonise position on the status of the occupants.

//Cue in: “njagala obategezeza…..   

Cue out; …….ebyatugaana okuba ettaka.”//  Enoch Rwamirembe, the land claimant has declined to speak when contacted.  

 

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