During a rally held at Kitana Primary School playground in Kigorobya town council in Hoima on Monday, where he was endorsing Moses Aguuda, the NUP candidate for the upcoming by-election for the Hoima LC V Chairperson’s seat, Kyagulanyi highlighted the dire situation in Bunyoro.
In March this year, more than 500 families in Kapapi and Kiganja sub-counties were brutally evicted from their homes. Police and private security guards reportedly torched more than 50 homes and looted an unspecified number of animals, including cows and goats.
The intervention comes at the backdrop of complaints, mostly by tenants, filed from different parts of the country with the most recent incident occurring at Bukompe village in Kassanda district where city businessman Abid Alam’s men forcefully destroyed homes and plantations in a bid to evict settlers. The matter has since been taken over by the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit.
Mbayo was speaking at the opening of a one-week Induction Retreat for Resident District Commissioners-RDCs and Deputy Resident District Commissioners at the National Leadership Institute-NALI in Kyankwanzi on Wednesday afternoon.
Elizabeth Nakafero, 78, says that she sold all her goats to secure police bond at Shillings 500,000 and forked out another Shillings 300,000 to rescue her daughter from detention for alleged criminal trespass on their family land.
Residents from four sub counties in Kibaale district have today petitioned parliament over land eviction that has left 1,300 families displaced. The families were last year evicted from the land bordering Kagombe Forest Reserve by the National Forestry Authority NFA claiming they had encroached on the forest.
The presidents statement followed an appeal by Edirisa Sseddunga, the chairperson of Uganda National War Veterans Association calling for the presidents intervention to stop landlords from forcing tenants to surrender part of their land to them. Sseddunga said that the deals have left people landless.
According to the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment ACODE, people are increasingly losing trust in courts in regard to land matters. They say the courts are not only slow but also highly compromised by bribery and other forms of influence.
The widows, through an umbrella Solidarity of Widows Association, state that there is an increase in cases of land eviction involving widows, despite provisions of the land act which gives them a right to inherit the matrimonial home.
As a result of the eviction, many children dropped out of school due to their parents inability to pay school fees and provide other school needs. The parents say that their children have been continuously chased from the neighboring UPE schools over their failure to pay functional fees.
Museveni told a campaign rally at Nakawuka parish in Wakiso district this afternoon that with an increase in land wrangles across the country, government will amend the objective of the Land Fund to create resources to buy out land from landowners.