Paul Mwanje, one of the residents cultivating the disputed land says despite obtaining tenancy certificates from Buganda Land Board, the known custodians of the land, prison administrators have insisted on crossing their boundaries to take over people’s plantations.
prison authorities in Kalungu district are embroiled in a sharp row with
Buganda Kingdom representatives and residents over the ownership of 11-acres of
Residents accuse prison officials of highhandedness and using inmates to
harass them with intentions of taking over their plantations.
The disputed land neighbours Bukulula sub-county headquarters part of which is occupied by the
prison facility and gardens.
However, residents say the management of the prison
wants to forcefully grab the entire land including their gardens.
Paul Mwanje, one of the residents cultivating the disputed
land says despite obtaining tenancy certificates from Buganda Land Board, the
known custodians of the land, prison administrators have insisted on crossing
their boundaries to take over people’s plantations.
Mwanje accuses Steven Abaho, the Officer in Charge of
Bukulula Prisons of instructing inmates to vandalize property in the neighbourhood with intentions of forcing them off their land.
//Cue in: (Luganda) “baja abasibe …..
Cue out: ….eddagala lwaki.”//
Rosette Nansubuga and Claudia Namugenyi, who also cultivate on the disputed land,
say that their gardens were forcefully taken over by the prisons using ruthless
According to Namugenyi, the prisons administration has failed to create a
harmonious relationship with the resident neighbouring the facility.
//Cue in: “Tuli beerarikiruvu …..
Cue out; …..nga kuliko
But Steven Abaho, the Officer in Charge of Bukulula Sub
County Prison claims that the situation is being compounded by selfish
residents who do not want to coexist with the prison facility.
the residents of destroying crops belonging to prisons and provoking the
inmates and wardens every time they get out to work, which leads to clashes.
//Cue in: “even
Cue out; …….they cut maize.”//
Abdallah Kato, the Buganda Deputy Representative in Buddu
County accuses the Prison Administration of not being submissive to Buganda
Kingdoms estates manager, arguing that they have deliberately ignored their
cautions against harassing tenants.
He also blames the management of the prison for ignoring harmonization meetings and failure to meet their tenancy
obligations. He revealed that they have petitioned the Commissioner General of
Uganda Prisons to reign in over his staff.