On Monday, the High Court Registrar Agnes Nkonge issued an interim order stopping Captain Godfrey Karamuzi, from opening up boundaries on disputed land occupying two villages of Kasese and Kyakago in Byakabanda Sub County. The land measures 254 hectares in Rakai district.
The High Court in Masaka has blocked a UPDF officer from opening
boundaries on disputed land in Rakai district.
On Monday, the High Court Registrar Agnes Nkonge issued an interim
order stopping Captain Godfrey Karamuzi, from opening up boundaries on disputed
land occupying two villages of Kasese and Kyakago in Byakabanda Sub County. The
land measures 254 hectares in Rakai district.
The order follows a case filed by close to 1,000 residents on the
two villages who sued Captain Karamuzi, accusing him of attempting to evict
them from their land after he allegedly connived with the district land board
to obtain a land title.
In February this year, with clearance from the Masaka Zonal Lands
Office, Captain Kalamuzi hired surveyors to begin opening boundaries with intention
of demarcating his estate, which however stirred a bitter disagreement from
occupants who have since resisted the process.
Residents led by Twaha Sseruyima, the LCI Chairperson for Kyakago
village, supported by the Rakai District Woman Member of Parliament Juliet
Kinyamatama run to court and sued Karamuzi for trespassing on their land and
attempting to unlawfully evict them.
The complainants also accused Karamuzi of harbouring intentions to
grab the land, alleging that he erroneously obtained the lease offer on the
same land without the knowledge of the occupants.
These accordingly, applied for an injunction to restrain Karamuzi
from carrying out any activities on the said land until the dispute about the
rightful owners is determined, an application which was granted on Monday.
The registrar has ordered for maintaining the status quo and fixed
hearing of the case for July 7 this year.
However, Captain Kalamuzi has denied allegations of land grabbing
arguing that these are falsehoods spread by alarmists who want to incite the
He argues that he intended to open boundaries of his land title,
to enable him to establish the real size of his estate, indicating that he will
prove he owns the land before the court if instructed to do so.