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Court Blocks UPDF Officer From Opening Boundaries on Disputed Land

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.

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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 residents.

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.

//Cue in; "already nina ekyapa….  

 

Cue out; ….letter of eviction."//              

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