The row between the Diocese and the residents has been developing silently and escalated on June 1, after Edward Kagoro, the Bunyoro-Kitara diocese land chairperson issued a notice to the residents saying that the land belongs to the church.
On Tuesday, a team of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF officials led by Major General James Mugira, the Director General of the National Enterprise Corporation visited the disputed area and conducted an Ariel survey using UPDF helicopters.
First Deputy Premier Henry Muganwa Kajura has this Wednesday publicly taken sides in the Hoima land conflict and tasked security to explain why only Banyoro were arrested after the Rwengabi land clashes last Wednesday. Kajura who is also Hoima Municipality Member of Parliament was addressing a stakeholders meeting he convened to seek a solution to the land problem.
The Minister who visited the affected residents in Rwengabi trading center on Monday evening also conveyed the Omukama's sympathies to the affected people. Like other kingdom observers, Kiiza said the attacks were a work of wrong elements in the kingdom, acting without knowledge of the king.
Members of the Namalemba Twale claim that Iganga Muslim Supreme Council unlawfully sold 1.5 acres of land at Masgid Taqwa located in Namalemba trading centre in Namalemba Sub County to Muzamir Bogere Marijani, a business man.
Trouble started after Namugera allegedly defecated in the community well with intentions of stopping residents from using it after he sold off the land to Moses Kakooza, the Buwunga sub county NRM chairperson.
In April, President Yoweri Museveni handed over 213 titles of Buganda Kingdon properties to Mengo officials led by Emmanuel Ssendaula at State House Entebbe. The returned assets include sub county headquarters known in Luganda as Masazza seats.
The verification exercise followed complaints by local leaders over eviction of about 25000 residents from the parishes of Bukinda and Kasonga .The residents were evicted to give way for resettlement of about 20,000 Congolese refugees that fled fresh fighting in Eastern Congo. The verification committee was headed by Maj.Gen. Julius Oketa, head of the National Emergency Coordinating Center office of the Prime Minister.
The clan members of Bunapongo, Makokha and Bumweru in Bumageni parish are demanding from the Ministry about 20 billion shillings in rent arrears for the more than 180 acres of land whose ownership they claim. The land in question is currently hosting the Uganda Peopleâ€™s Defence Forces - UPDF 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, Bugema, located 3km from Mbale town, along the Mbale-Tororo highway.
More than 500 families in Bunghoko Sub County, Mbale district are protesting a planned eviction from a contested piece of land claimed by a businessman based in Mbale. This week, Simon Wephukhulu, a businessman in Mbale sought a court order from Mbale High Court to evict more than 3,000 people living on the land to pave way for the survey of the land.
Although traders are refuting claims that the 1-acre piece of land belongs to the businessman, Kabusere maintains he bought the land before the market vendors were relocated from the roadside where they had been operating. He claims the move was effected without his consent in 2008.
On Wednesday, officials of Masaka Municipality led by the Mayor Godfrey Kayemba rushed to the disputed land to investigate how Twinomucunguzi acquired it. Twinomucunguzi presented documents proving that he bought the land from Edward Ssekandi, the vice president.
The Auditor General in the year ending June 2011 noted that after nearly 11 years since the Act came into force, the Fund is not operational. This implies that the objectives of the Fund cannot be attained.