However, Nsubuga died in 1988 and left her with 10 children. But, in 2015, a row emerged between Sheikh Hussein Ssendagire, her second-born child and the other children over the distribution of the land.
A 90-year-old widow has abandoned her matrimonial home and
relocated to a rental in Wobulenzi Town Council over a land wrangle involving his children.
Zurah Nantume, together with his late husband Musa Nsubuga
bought 15 acres of land at Kito village in Katikamu sub-county and settled there in the 1960s'. However, Nsubuga died in 1988 and left her with 10 children. But, in 2015, a row emerged between Sheikh Hussein
Ssendagire, her second-born child and the other children over the distribution of the land.
Nantume narrates that in 2019, without her knowledge, Ssendagire together with other people besieged her home and started to survey the land in question. Subsequently, a group of people unknown to her started razing trees, coffee and banana plantations on the same land claiming that
they had bought it.
Nantume adds that they later fenced off the biggest chunk of
the land and issued threats that forced her to flee the house
and relocate to a single rental room in
Wobulenzi town. She says that she has since tried to seek redress from Ssendagire in vain.
//Cue in; Nabalaba n’emotooka…
Mariam Nansubuga, one of Nantume's daughters says that she was
assaulted attempting to block Ssendagire and the unknown persons from
grabbing their family land.
//Cue in; “obuzibu bwetulina…
Edirisa Ssempaka, one of the other children accused Ssendagire of denying his siblings a share of the same land, adding that they have tried to seek redress from district
leaders in vain. Ssempaka says that he personally planted pine trees and food crops
on the land but they were all razed after the sale.
//Cue in; “Nkubira omulanga…
Cue out…nkiiko tajja.”//
Sheikh Hussein Ssendagire, who is also the Imam of Kigulu Mosque declined to comment on the matter and asked the reporter to stop
following the matter before he ended the call.
Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Luwero District Kadhi said that
he got a complaint from the family but efforts to reconcile them hit a snag after
Ssendagire declined to turn up arguing that the matter is before the court. Mulindwa said that Ssendagire told him that some of the land and its titles were still available but the family only disagreed on the allocation.
Cue in; “To our findings…
Cue out…family members.”//
Luganda//Cue in; “Imam olwasooka yajja…
Cue out…kooti eno.”//
Parliament in March 2021 passed the Succession Bill which
seeks to ensure equality and equity in the distribution of the deceased
estates. The bill repeals that succession which is traced back to 1906. However, in August, the President returned the bill for
reconsideration stating that the new clauses included, would most likely
bring disharmony between the surviving spouse and dependent relatives.