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360 Residents Evicted in Masaka

More than 360 residents at Kasozi village in Buwunga sub-county Masaka district have been evicted after their land lord sold off the land to private businessmen.
More than 360 residents at Kasozi village in Buwunga sub-county Masaka district have been evicted after their land lord sold off the land to private businessmen.

 

The affected residents were settling on 10 square miles of land. More than 700 pupils of St. Mary’s Kasozi primary school are likely to miss their first academic term as the land on which their school is located was also sold off to a private businessman, Gerald Wasswa.

The LC3 Chairman of Buwunga sub-county, Francis Kimuli says people’s houses and forests have reportedly been fenced off while banana and coffee plantations destroyed by the businessmen who bought the land from Daniel Semakalu.

As a result up to 50 families have pitched camp at St Mary’s Kasozi primary school claiming that Daniel Semakalu, the heir to late John Semakalu, ordered them to vacate their land without any compensation.

67-year-old Richard Luzinda says they were surprised when they received a court order instructing them to vacate their land yet they had stayed there for since 1945.

 

Luzinda says they were given a notice from Masaka High Court dated January 21, 2012 to vacate their land within six days yet some of them had already paid the land load money for their plots and they had acquired land titles.

The affected residents say they took the matter to Masaka RDC, Bamusedde Bwambale but they were not helped. URN could not verify this claim.

The first deputy Pokino of Buddu County, Ibrahim Buulu Katale told the residents that whoever plans to evict them must compensate them first.

 

But Gerald Waswa says that he bought 10 square miles of land from Daniel Semakalu in 2008 and he was given a land title but he was surprised when the residents started claiming the same land.

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