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77-Year-Old Widow Flees Home as Landgrabbers Attempt to Murder Her

A gang headed by the Nyenje LCI Chairperson Edward Kabombo and 15 others on police wanted list for slashing the same old woman’s food crops last month, returned on Friday and vandalized her house damaging windows, removing the back door threatening to kill her with her grand children before she was rescue by the community. The attackers were armed with machete, hoes and sticks.
Judith Kizza, a 77-year-old widow attacked at Nyenje village.

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Judith Kizza, a 77-year-old widow to the late Samuel Wamala of Nyenje, Goma Division Mukono Municipality has deserted her house where she has stayed for 58 years choosing to sleep at one of her in-law’s place following attacks from land grabbers claiming her land.

A gang headed by the Nyenje LCI Chairperson Edward Kabombo and 15 others on police wanted list for slashing the same old woman’s food crops last month, returned on Friday and vandalized her house damaging windows, removing the back door threatening to kill her and the grand children before she was rescue by the community. They were armed with machete, hoes and sticks.  

Although the office of Mukono Resident District Commissioner directed police to investigate all the illegal activities on the land and make arrests of the suspects in connection with crimes committed, Nyenje residents claim suspects are still moving freely at the village.

The LCI chairperson and the other 15 people who include members from the family of late Byekola Muwonge, a brother to Kizza's late husband and Ronald Bizibu destroyed crops which included banana, coffee, cassava, fruits and sweet plantains on plots of land close to 2 acres intending to evict the widow so as to sell the land.

URN has observed several other rental apartments near Kizza’s house that were destroyed by the attackers while fighting against community members who were trying to rescue the old woman. In the fight, Amos Gona sustained serious injuries on the head.

//Cue in: “Nga batandika kuba... 

Cue out: ...nti tuli babbi”//

URN established from the RDC Fatumah Ndisaba that attackers knew that the old woman had no title on land, so they thought they could evict her and sell off the land. 

However, RDC’s office office was able to establish that she genuinely got the land from her late husband Samuel Wamala.

Amos Gona, a survivor of the attacks says the gang was determined to kill the old woman together with her grandchildren.

//Cue in: “Kati babadde... 

Cue out: ...nakuba olugi”//

 

Richard Musoke, a relative to Kizza accuses police for conniving with the gang to torture helpless people in the area.

//Cue in: “Abasajja abo... 

Cue out: …ate akomawo wano eno”//

Humphery Kyasa, the Goma Division Chairperson attributes the recurrent attacks against the old woman to reluctance by police officers to follow up and arrest the suspects. He notes that slow response creates mob justice.

However, Mukono Divisional Officer in Charge Ismael Kifude says they are on high alert to arrest the culprits. He notes that they have lately arrested Derrick Bukenya, in connection to the attacks. 

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