The families were evicted from their ancestral land measuring 438 hectares on February 13, 2019 when a joint security team comprising of the army and police raided the village under the guise of tracking down people involved in subversive activities.
A section of residents in Kigorobya Sub County, Hoima District who
were brutally and forcefully evicted from their ancestral land have welcomed
the report of a parliamentary
The families were evicted from their ancestral land measuring 438 hectares on
February 13, 2019 when joint security team comprising of the army and police
raided the village under the guise of tracking down people involved in
What appeared to be a cordon and search operation turned into an actual eviction.
Several houses were torched, garden crops including banana plantations, maize,
cassava, beans and among others were destroyed with over 70 people violently
arrested and detained.
In March, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga instituted a select
committee led by the Bukholi County MP, Guster Mugoya to investigate all claims
of ownership on the disputed land, allegations relating to the identity and
status of persons evicted and the involvement and conduct of security officers
in the evictions.
On Wednesday, Mugoya presented their report to parliament.
The select committee in their findings faulted the Bunyoro Affairs
Minister, Ernest Kiiza, police, army and Edgar Agaba for the illegal eviction
of 300 families from their homes in Kirogobya Sub County in Hoima District.
Among other key findings are that the families were illegally evicted and
displaced from their homes forcing them to take refuge in nearby bushes,
villages and Budongo Forest in Masindi district.
Orgen Ngabiloyotho, one of the evicted residents says that the report will help
them attain justice. He says they are still undergoing acute suffering
since some of them are still leaving in bushes under harsh humanitarian
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Robert Kabagambe another affected resident says after the report
has been tabled before parliament he wants government to resettle them back on
their ancestral land.
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Godfrey Kebengi also an evicted resident says all the evicted families to date
are undergoing untold suffering calling on the government to allocate them some
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After conducting a field visit, the committee observed that the
cordon and search operation was "merely a conduit for the security
agencies to hand over the disputed piece of land to Agaba, free from
encumbrance." Agaba, who is a businessman in Hoima district, is accused of
instructing people to destroy the property of the evictees under the watch of
The committee concluded that security agencies carried out an
illegal eviction under the guise of flushing out a militia or rebel group and
that there were high levels of unprofessional conduct of some security
personnel including the Commander Field Artillery, Maj. Gen. Sam Okiding.