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Court In Kalangala Halts Operations On Contested Land

16 people were found burning charcoal and collecting firewood, while others were found in their rice gardens despite being invited by the magistrate to attend the Locus court session. The residents are accused to have illegally encroached on the land and depleted a private forest.
Kalangala Magistrate Paul Owino during the visit to Bubembe Island

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Kalangala Magistrate Paul Owino Absalom has halted the growing of rice, lumbering and burning of charcoal on land contested by a cultural group. 

The contested 150-acre piece of land is situated on Bubembe Island in Bujumba sub county. Up to 28 people are affected by the ban. 

The Magistrate traveled to the area after the land owners led by Willy Lugoloobi who is also the district chairperson reported a case in court.

Sixteen people were found burning charcoal and collecting firewood, while others were found in their rice gardens despite being invited by the magistrate to attend the Locus court session.  The residents are accused to have illegally encroached on the land and depleted a private forest.  

While addressing the court session on Bubembe island on Monday, the magistrate argued residents who utilize private land to always seek for permission from land owners before they start any activity. He directed that no activity should be carried on the disputed land until he delivers judgement in the case.  

//Cue in: “Tulina Ettaka lya …

Cue out: … osigala nga Mukungula”//

Bubembe island is comprised of both mailo and public land tenure systems. However, most of the public land was leased out to several palm oil farmers.  

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