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Mityana Leaders Blame Massive Land Evictions on Impunity

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Speaking during the meeting, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana District LC V Chairperson, noted with concern the invisible hand of power brokers in the brutal evictions. According to Luzige, the brutal evictions are instigated by people who use their connections to bully people off their land.
District leaders led by the tourism state Minister Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi interfacing with commission of inquiry into land matters

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Leaders in Mityana have attributed the massive evictions there to impunity by a section of land lords, security operatives, district authorities and politician both in the local and central governments.

The matter came to the fore during a stakeholder's meeting convened by the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to understand the brutal land evictions in Mityana and the neighboring Mubende district.

The Commission rushed to Mityana in response to a directive by President, Yoweri Museveni to investigate attempts by Olive Namawuba, one of the landlords to evict squatters from Wabinyira village in Kikandwa Sub County. 

During the meeting, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire explained that the Commission has received numerous complaints from different areas within Mityana involving massive and brutal eviction of residents.

She explained that the complaints revolve around the landlord-tenancy relationship, which can be guided by the law but have been ignored by all government systems as landlords continue tormenting Bibanja holders. 

Speaking during the meeting, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana District LC V Chairperson, noted with concern the invisible hand of power brokers in the brutal evictions. According to Luzige, the brutal evictions are instigated by people who use their connections to bully people off their land.

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He explained that in circumstances where Bibanja holders refuse to vacate their land, the landlords report criminal cases to police such as criminal trespass to victimize them.

According to Luzige, the cases of violence relating to land matters escalated, the District Security Committee resolved that for any land lord to survey land with sitting tenants, the Committee should be notified to avert violence. 

Commissioner Fredrick Ruhindi warned the power brokers, saying time will come when the oppressed residents will rise against them.

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The Mityana District Police Commander, John Bosco Sserunjogi blamed the confusion on the establishment of numerous entities to handle land matters. He said the numerous instructions issued by the bodies confuse the local police.

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He explained that some of the officers are threatened with death or loss of jobs when they decline to enforce the orders. Sserunjogi informed the Commission that he has received three court orders directing him to supervise the eviction of hundreds of residents in areas he didn't specify.

Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, the Tourism State Minister who also doubles the Mityana North Member of Parliament complained to the Commission about several individuals who own big chunks of land across the country and continue acquiring more as the majority of people are left with nothing.

He blamed this for the massive evictions in Mityana and other parts of the country. Kiwanda suggested that it possible government should put a limit on the acreage of land an individual or family can own.

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Bamugemereire asked all residents with land related complaints to petition the Commission formally with supporting documents for redress.