Erias Bin Karim, one of the affected residents says that in 2007, Mugabe bought 235 acres of land in the neighboring area and acquired a title in 2012. He says that Mugabe wants to use his title to grab 470 acres of land that belongs to them.
Bunyoro Kitara kingdom is locked up in a land feud with Hoima-based businessman, William Mugabe and over 300 families in Kikuube
district. The contested land measuring approximately 700 acres is found in Rwengabi village, Kaseeta
parish in Kabwoya sub county.
Residents claim that they have been settlers on the contested land since the 1940s and wonder why Mugabe
and the Kingdom are claiming ownership. Erias Bin Karim, one of the affected residents says that in 2007,
Mugabe bought 235 acres of land in the neighboring area and acquired a title in
2012. He says that Mugabe wants to use his title to grab 470 acres of land
that belongs to them.
//Cue in;”Twa tungire
Cue out:…Habwaki tabi
Patrick Okwairwoth, the Rwengabi LC I Village Chairperson, says that many residents on the contested land have been
compelled to flee following the torture being inflicted on them by UPDF
Vincent Opio, the area
LC 5 councilor, who doubles as the Kikuube LC 5 Vice Chairperson, accuses Mugabe
of torturing residents using the police and soldiers deployed on the contested piece of land.
Cue out:…bwagaruka mukicweka
Mugabe, who is accused of
attempting to grab the land, says he genuinely acquired the land and obtained his title in 2012 and wonders why the residents are up in arms against him.
//Cue in;”Eitaka lyo nyini…
Cue out:…tulimanyire liba
In a related development, the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom has also come out to claim the land, saying that it belongs to the kingdom. Fred Mugenyi Rucunya, the
Chief Prince of the Babiito, which is the ruling clan of the Bunyoro Kitara
kingdom, says the entire land that is under contestation belongs to the kingdom.
According to Rucunya, the
land is a hunting ground for King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru and no one else owns
it. He says Mugabe fraudulently acquired the title without the consent
of the Kingdom, adding that if he fails to vacate the land, they will take the
matter before court.
//cue in;”Bakimanyire tugenda
Cue out:…tosobora kumu
Vincent Mwesigye, the
Albertine Region Police Commander-RPC, says that they are to deploy both the police
and UPDF in the area to restore sanity on the contested
land until the rightful and genuine owner is identified either by court or
//cue in;”so for us…
go to court,”//.
Amlan Tumusiime, the
Kikuube Resident District Commissioner-RDC, says that there are many illegal titles in the district that are being used to evict area residents.
"The existence of
fraudulently acquired land titles is putting residents in this area on tension.
People can’t freely settle on their land but I’m going to fight this vice and I
call for good working relationships with other stakeholders to fight this," said Tumusiime.
Tumusiime says that as a government, they will not allow any one to be evicted from land using forged or
illegally acquired titles.
Leaders in Bunyoro
sub-region have for long raised a red flag over the increasing fraudulent land titles in the region. The leaders have severally appealed
to the Lands Ministry to intervene and cancel all the titles acquired