About 60 households were forcefully evicted from the land measuring about 10 acres adjacent to Soroti district last Saturday. The land in question is under contention between Soroti University and residents.
The operation code named tooth and nail kicked off on Wednesday when authorities raided a piece of land that is under dispute between one Ronald Kitooke and Luweero district. Records indicate that Luweero district bought the land from Catherine Nakigudde, a daughter of Ibrahim Katumba Ssegawa in 1994, but Ronald Kitooke also claims ownership of the same land.
Upon the death of Karabareme, Kebite obtained letters of administration and successfully sued all the occupants on the land for trespass through Mbarara magistrate's court. She secured a court order, which has caused panic amongst the affected residents forcing Mbarara District Security Committee to intervene.
But on Friday evening, Lira High court issued a temporary order barring the district security, Central North regional police commander Richard Aruk Maruk, Attorney General and Apac district council from forcefully evicting the residents.
During a session presided over by Lira High Court registrar, Cissy Mudhasi, the authorities have been ordered to stay the planned eviction pending another decision by the court.
On Tuesday, environment officers backed by police and inmates raided the affected wetlands and started destroying all the crops therein. The destruction of these crops angered the encroachers who started accusing police of trespass. They claimed they had not been given enough time to allow their crops mature.
Operatives led by Ignatius Tumwesigye, who claimed to be from State House, launched forceful eviction of herdsmen living on Sango Bay land in Kakuuto Sub County, sparking off tension in the area. The operatives set on fire five houses in Kanamiti, Matengeeto, Mutukula, Lukulavu, Lukoma and Kabale in Kakuuto Sub County leaving several affected families stranded.
18 families are stranded in Rukiiri Sub County after the authorities in Ibanda district ordered them to leave their homes immediately. Kajwengye, the district boss, insists that the families should go and live with their relatives since both the disaster ministry and the district have no money to resettle them to a safer place.