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Former Gomba RDC Denies Assaulting Evictees

Nayebare was accused together with senior security officers for allegedly assaulting, raping and destroying property while evicting members of the society from 980-acre resettlement land in Gomba district.

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The former acting Gomba Resident District Commissioner Fred Nayebare has denied assaulting people during the eviction of 2,500 families under Kiboga Twegatte Co-operative Society.

Nayebare was on Wednesday appearing before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters.  Nayebare was accused together with senior security officers for allegedly assaulting, raping and destroying property while evicting members of the society from 980-acre resettlement land in Gomba district.

The Land Probe is inquiring into the 2009 eviction of the 2,500 families from Luwunga Central forest reserve in Kiboga district and their failure to access a 980-acre resettlement land.

The land was sold to the victims by William Tumwine, the manager projects at Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in 2014.

This was after Government gave the group 3 billion shillings to purchase land elsewhere and a private firm New Forest Company gave them an additional 1.5 billion shillings for resettlement following their eviction from the Central forest reserve.

Tumwine last week told the Land Probe that since selling his land to the 25,000 families for resettlement, they have failed to access it after Joseph Gahigi claimed ownership of the same land which he claims he acquired from Henry Seddube. 

Tumwine also testified that Kahigi backed by Nayebare and some senior police officers had frustrated survey of the land.

However, while testifying before the probe team, Nayebare described accusations against him as false. 

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However, the Land Probe Deputy Lead Counsel John Bosco Suuza put it to Nayebare that one of the victims identified as Julius Turyamureeba testified that the former RDC had brutally evicted them in favour of Joseph Gahigi.

According to Suuza, the victim in his statement accuses Nayebare of giving them only 30 minutes to vacate the land.

But Nayebare denied the accusations saying that members of the society had been given ample time and their departure lasted for about 3 days.

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According to Nayebare, last year, they received intelligence reports that a group of people travelling in trucks were coming to settle on the already occupied land. He explains that together with the security committee members, they intercepted the group at Kyabagamba at the border with Mubende and instructed them to go back.

He further testified that days after, the group came back through Nyanzi at the Gomba boarder with Mityana and were again intercepted at around mid-night and sent back. Nayebare says that the group reportedly settled in Manyogaseke in Mubende district.

He says that he received intelligence reports that the group had started coming back in small numbers using motorcycles settling in Ddegeya on plot 8 where they met resistance from claimants of the land. 

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Nayebare says that the meeting advised Tumwine to get a surveyor to open boundaries of the land he sold. Tumwine then asked for 30 days to trace for the land and open boundaries.

According to Nayebare, members of the society were provided with 2 acres on the contested land as Tumwine resolved issues surrounding the land they had bought.

However, Nayebare says that the society members later started extending and occupying more land and eventually started killing Gahigi's cattle, destroying huts and other property. He also accused the group of killing Patrick Birimuye and destroying a police detach.

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Nayebare further reported to the Land Probe that Gomba district is stained with various fake land titles, absentee landlords and exploitative land dealers.

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