Jomo Mugabe Nyakayojo sub county chairperson trying to calm angry residents of Bwenkoma in Rwampara county Mbarara district protesting eviction threats by one of the resident claiming their 50 hectares of landon injustices in judiciary
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More than 100 families in Rwampara County in Mbarara district are facing eviction from a 50 hectare piece of land after the Mbarara magistrate’s court declared them squatters. The families were found guilty of occupying the land found Bwenkoma, Nyakayojo Sub County without authorization from Mary Kebita, its legitimate owner.
Kebite allegedly took possession of the land through the Administrator general after the death of her brother Joseph Karabareme, the heir to the estate of their late father George Mpekire. Karabareme was appointed care taker to the property by the clan leaders but he subdivided it into plots, which he sold to different people before he died.
However, upon his death Kebite obtained letters of administration and successfully sued all the occupants on the land for trespass. Her court victory has caused unrest amongst the affected people due to their impending eviction from the land. Many of the occupants have vowed to die defending their land saying they legally acquired it from Kebite’s deceased brother.
They claim to have acquired general receipts from the sub county authorities to confirm the purchase agreements. Robert Muganyizi, one of the victims wonders why Kebite is planning to evict them after so many years when the land transactions where done with the follow knowledge of the family members and local council officials. Muganyizi vows to seek justice through all possible means.
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Mwajuma Biramahire, another victim says she has no where to put her children now that she is already old and weak. Alex Kanyamunyu, the LC1 chairperson Bwenkoma village has asked the victims not to vacate the disputed land and has vowed to throw his weight behind them to challenge the court ruling
Jomo Mugabe, the LC III chairperson Nyakayojo sub county says he will not allow the displacement of such a huge number of families.
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Samuel Dhabangi, the legal counsel of the affected families says that his clients were not given an opportunity to defend themselves adding that, he has also filed an application challenging the ruling. Our reporter was unable to speak to Kebite as she couldn't be reached by the time of filing this story.