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Mubende Residents Living in Fear over Looming Eviction

The residents accuse Formasa of planning to evict them from the land where they have stayed for decades.
One of the residents narrating the challenges at the meeting

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Residents from seven villages in Madudu Sub County, Mubende District are living in fear over looming eviction. The residents accuse Formasa of planning to evict them from the land where they have stayed for decades.   

  They allege that workers of Formasa, a tree planting company are torturing them, destroying their crops and property with a view of forcing them to vacate land against their will.

In a meeting convened by Buwekula North MP, Pascal Mbabazi on Tuesday, the residents accused workers of the company of torture and blocking them from accessing water sources and their gardens. 

The residents from seven villages of Butolo, Ngabano, Kakenzi, Nakasozi, Kyedikyo claim that they settled on the land from 1950s to 1990s but currently it is claimed by Anna Kyohaire, a businesswoman based in Kampala.

Muwereza Byamukama, one of the leaders in the area said that the company has animals on the farm which destroy their crops. He adds that efforts to seek redress are rendered fruitless while their colleagues were arrested and imprisoned on various criminal charges.

    

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Madudu Sub County Chairperson Edward Alyareme said that out of the five farms in the sub county, Formasa has mistreated people but questioned the basis of the power that they are using.  

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The Mubende LCV Chairperson Michael Ntambi and other leaders have vowed to defend their electorates by establishing the actual owner of the land in dispute. Ntambi asked the area leaders to exercise their powers to register all the people including the company workers to ease identification and deter crime in the area.

He appealed for an amicable settlement of the land to ensure peaceful resolution of the grievances and also to share information with the leaders.

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However, Kyohaire through her lawyer Paul Kazugi said that he could not respond to some of the complaints because they are subject to police investigations. On the allegations of torture, Kazugi apologized and promised to look into the matters to ensure an amicable settlement to the dispute.     

//Cue in: naye tukusizzaamu… Cue out: ensonga ziri mu kooti… 

Kazugi also said that people who do not want to negotiate with them cannot be forced to sell their land bibanja.

Buwekula North MP, Pascal Mbabazi asked the district police authorities to intervene to avoid any possible violence.

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