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Gertrude Asiimwe, another resident says that many fraudulently acquired titles have emerged in their area, adding that government should come up with measures to eliminate fake titles.
Victims of brutal eviction in Kyabisagazi vIllage in Hoima district. Many others are being threatened with evictions in the Albertine Graben.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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More than 500 residents of Kyamajaka cell in Muhorro town council, Kagadi district are living in fear of losing their land to a prominent businessman.  The residents are feuding with Abdul Kirungi, a resident of their area over 10.5-acres of land.

Norah Nakanwagi, the area LC1 Chairperson told Uganda Radio Network that Kirungi has a title for 2 acres of land in the village, which he wants to use to grab their entire piece of land.

She wonders how Kirungi who initially only owned two acres of land acquired a title for the entire 1.5 acres of land without the consent of the local leader and residents who have lived there since the 1930s.

She wants the offices of the Resident District Commissioner-RDC and Ministry of Lands to prevail on the matter and recall Kirungi’s title.

//cue in;”Gunu murundi gwa…

 

Cue out:…Titu kwendaa gura.”//   

David Kyomukama, one of the affected residents explained that the tycoon has twice threatened to evict them from their ancestral land.  

//Cue in;”Ekyapa ego kya…

 

Cue out:…omu mazina geitu.”/  



Gertrude Asiimwe, another resident says that many fraudulently acquired titles have emerged in their area, adding that government should come up with measures to eliminate fake titles.  

//Cue in;”Omuntu kwija ku…

Cue out:…Kindi baki twaire.”//  

Lillian Ruteraho, the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner-RDC has called for calm from the affected residents, saying her office is investigating the circumstances, under which Kirungi acquired the contested title. She assured the residents that no one will evict them from the contested land.

//Cue in:…Tine omuntu Oraba…



Cue out:…Nawe tuja kumutoza.”//  



Kirungi, who is being accused by the residents of fraudulently titling their land, has not yet commented on the matter and he could neither pick nor return our repeated phone calls to his known mobile phone number. Land grabbing and evictions are becoming rampant in the Bunyoro sub-region putting several residents on tension. 

In April this year, leaders in Bunyoro sub-region raised a red flag over the increase of fake land titles in the region. Drawn from Hoima, Kikuube, Buliisa, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Kagadi, Kakumiro and Buliisa districts, the leaders appealed to the Lands Ministry to intervene and cancel all the titles acquired fraudulently