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Nabakooba Blocks Eviction of Bibanja Owners in Buikwe :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nabakooba Blocks Eviction of Bibanja Owners in Buikwe

Solomon Lukyamuzi, one of the affected residents explained that his landlord gave him a two weeks ultimatum to buy the land or face eviction.
The Lands and Housing Minister, Judith Nabakooba speaking at a meeting in Buikwe district
The Lands and Housing Minister, Judith Nabakooba has reinstated over 50 bibanja owners in Nakalanga village, Njeru municipality in Buikwe district on their contested pieces of land. This comes a month after the Bibanja owners led by their woman Member of Parliament, Diana Mutasingwa petitioned the minister accusing their landlords John Nkuutu and John Nyende of seizing their land with intentions of evicting them.

They accused the dou of forcing them to buy off the land at Shillings 15 million or vacate it. Now, the Minister has ordered the cancellation of the contracts entered between the warring parties and warned the landlords against forcing people to buy and cut off their bibanjas against their will. She instead asked them to allow the residents to pay the annual ground rate, which is affordable.

"Whatever you did without the will of these people is nullified. Therefore I order you to let these people use their bibanja and pay Busuulu as they have always done," Nabakooba ordered Wednesday in a meeting at Nakalanga UMEA Primary School in Wakisi, Buikwe district. Solomon Lukyamuzi, one of the affected residents explained that his landlord gave him a two weeks ultimatum to buy the land or face eviction.

“We come back home one evening and found that I was given a two weeks notice to raise 15 million Shillings or risk being evicted off the land," he said. Chris Kyeyune, another resident explained that he is comfortable paying Busulu as he can not afford to pay for the land. “Personally I have never touched that kind of money, which is why I have always paid my Busulu til this time. Where do they expect me to get it to buy the land?” he asked. Micheal Kintu, another resident appealed to the government to enforce the land law instead of using it to favor the rich in the country.

Charles William Ssentongo, another resident accused their LC I chairperson of conniving with Nkuutu to intimidate them into buying off the land. "Hon. minister some of us signed the agreement against our will because we were threatened by the area local council I chairperson that we may lose all our bibanja if we don't agree with the landlord,” he said.

Bukiwe Woman Member of Parliament, Diana Mutasingwa noted that she has been receiving reports of some leaders conniving with rich people to grab people’s land. '‘The business of people working with local leaders to illegally sell land and evict people shall not be allowed,”  she said.  The contested land measuring 552 acres comprises Block no 77, plot 30, in Nakalanga allegedly belonged to the late Zirabamuzaale Yekoyani who sold it to James Nyende. 

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