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
She wants the offices of the Resident District Commissioner-RDC and Ministry of
Lands to prevail on the matter and recall Kirungi’s title.
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David Kyomukama, one of the affected residents explained that the tycoon has
twice threatened to evict them from their ancestral land.
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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.
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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.
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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
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