Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /usr/www/users/urnnet/a/story.php on line 43
RDC Orders Immediate Withdraw of Private Guards from Contested Land :: Uganda Radionetwork
Breaking

RDC Orders Immediate Withdraw of Private Guards from Contested Land

On January 26, 2023, Rukiga district security officials visited the contested land and asked Kibahigyire and Kyomuhendo to stop fencing it as they find means to harmonize the matter and move forward.
Part of the contested land

Audio 6

Fred Nayebare Kyamuzigyita, Rukiga Resident District Commissioner has ordered the immediate withdrawal of private security guards from disputed chunks of land in Muhanga town council and Kamwezi sub-county.  

The land in Muhanga town council measures 32 acres is located in Nyakitabire hill, Muhanga ward while the one in Kyabubare village in Rwenyangyi parish, Kamwezi sub-county measures about 40 acres. The land dispute pits residents, Eunice Kyomuhendo, a health official attached to the state house, and Mary Kibahigyire, a prominent businesswoman in Mbarara and Kampala.

According to the residents, in December 2022, Kyomuhendo and Kibahigyire deployed armed private security guards on the contested land and started fencing it. Residents argue that the land in Nyakitabire hill is communal where they want the government to construct a health facility while the one in Nyabubare is their ancestral land. 

According to the residents, the private guards have since barred them from accessing the land with threats of shooting them or whipping them. On January 26, 2023, Rukiga district security officials visited the contested land and asked Kibahigyire and Kyomuhendo to stop fencing it as they find means to harmonize the matter and move forward.  

However, some of the residents including Godfrey Mukuru, Naris Banyanga, and Leo Mbabazi among others, say that Kibahigyire and Kyomuhendo don't entertain any queries from the residents whenever they ask why their land is being fenced. They say that the whole dispute started a few years back when locals rejected proposals from Kibahigyire and Kyomuhendo to sell them the land for expansion.       

 

//Cue in: “mbeire ndi aho….       

Cue out:  “twa reporting,”//   

Teddyson Niwagaba, the Kamwezi sub-county LC 3 Chairperson, James Twijukye, the Muhanga town council LC 3 Chairman, and Rukiga LC V Chairperson, Robert Mbabazi Kakwerere, have thrown their weight behind the residents. The three leaders accuse Kibahigyire and Kyomuhendo of defying orders to stop fencing the contested land and threatening the residents using private security guards.  

//“Omujwekyerwa owabeire naruga…           

Cue out: …so tikiraboneire.”//      

In a security meeting held at one of the contested lands at Nyakitabire on Wednesday afternoon, Fred Nayebare Kyamuzigyita, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner ordered the immediate withdrawal of the private security guards from the contested land. According to Kyamuzigyita, it is illegal for the contested land to be under the protection of private security officers without clearance from the district security committee. 

//Cue in: “mwiine abaserukare….       

Cue out: …ya DPC.”//       

Kyamuzigtita instituted a ten-man committee led by the District Criminal Intelligence Officer to conduct thorough investigations into the matter and present a report within 30 days.     

//Cue in: “hati na ninyenda…   

Cue out: …be patient.”//      

   

Kibahigyire and Kyomuhendo argue that they were forced to get private security guards for protection after receiving several death threats from locals. They both insist that the contested land belongs to them since they inherited it from their late parents Solomon Kirundi and John Rwagara.       

/Cue in: “tihine eki ndikuza…   

Cue out:…mu butongore.”//               

Dr. David Kabarega, an elder from Nyakitabire village explained to the security leaders that Kyomuhendo and Kibahigyire forged documents, which they used to apply for titles for the contested land. He, however, says that they were unearthed by Muhanga town council authorities before completing the process.

      

//Cue in: “kandi ebyapa ebi…   

Cue out:…ki eitaka.”//          

In October 2021, Nathan Bwogi, the Legal Assistant to the President and State House in charge of the lands department intervened in the matter following a petition by Kyomuhendo accusing Muhanga town council authorities led by Eudia Mutabazi, the assistant town clerk, and Aggrey Magezi, town council Land board committee chairperson of frustrating their plans of applying for freehold ownership of the contested land. 

The matter was never resolved. 

Support us


Images 3