Banoba who suffered heart failure on Monday has been their long time tormentor for about 30 years. He has been forcefully evicting them off the land in vain and taking them to court.
One of the residents with roasted me
Residents of Lwanyonyi-Kirangira in
Nama Sub-county in Mukono district have held a feast to celebrate the death of
their landlord Israel Dickson Banoba. The late Banoba, who has been feuding
with the residents over land for the last 30 years, suffered heart failure on
Monday on Monday this week.
The residents have been accusing
Banoba of forcefully evicting them from their land and dragging them to court.
The news of his death brought joy to the residents. On Thursday about 80
residents led by Umalu Ssebuyonjo slaughtered a cow and roasted the meat on the
contested land to celebrate Banoba’s demise.
Ssebuyonjo says that they held the feast to wash away the pain the deceased had
caused them. “It’s not so usual for people to be happy when someone dies. However,
with what Banoba put us through while he was still alive we deserve to celebrate
because he is finally gone,” he said.
Adding that, “Let this be an example for
people who grab other people’s land and evict people off the land. The people
will do this to you.” Jeffrey Zziwa, another resident says they will repossess their land when Banoba
is finally laid to rest on Saturday.
“After burying him we shall all go back to
our land where we were evicted from,” he said. The residents also sarcastically
crowned a puppy as Banoba’s heir on the land. In May 2018, Banoba secured a court order allowing him to evict over 200 people
from the contested land.
The deceased was accused of taking advantage of the night-time curfew in April 2020 to destroy several crop gardens on the disputed
land belonging to residents.
While still alive the late Banoba told URN that he bought the contested land measuring
about 200 acres from Dr. Emmanuel Lumu in 1971.