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According to Bakunda, he recently filed a civil suit in Luwero Magistrate’s court to restrain Lubega’s family from trespassing on his land and maliciously damaging his property.
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Police are holding four suspects in connection to a violent land wrangle involving ten families in Tebalyala village in Luwero Sub County in Luwero district. The land row involves the children of Karim Lubega and Wilson Bakunda, all residents of Tebalyala village. 

The members of the two families are feuding over a 10-acre piece of land that was sold by Enock Sempa. On Thursday, Lubega’s children including Rashid Muwonge, Shafik  Kakokowe Yiga and Umar Matovu among others attacked Bakunda’s herdsmen with machetes forcing them to flee for dear life. 

They hacked six cows valued at Shillings 18 million leaving them in critical condition with multiple wounds. They also stopped Muslims on the disputed piece from attending prayers at their local mosque. The children want Bakunda and others to leave the land, saying they illegally acquired it.

Bakunda told URN that he bought the ten acres of land in 2007 and the former landlord Enock Ssempa transferred the land titles to him in 2011. He, however, says Lubega’s children have repeatedly threatened to attack him, saying the land belongs to them.

According to Bakunda, he recently filed a civil suit in Luwero Magistrate’s court to restrain Lubega’s family from trespassing on his land and maliciously damaging his property.  

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Cranmer Nsobya, the LC 1 Chairperson Tebalyala village explained that before Bakunda bought the land from Ssempa, Lubega’s family petitioned Kampala High court contesting the ownership of the disputed land and lost the suit.

He says since then the family members have resorted to violence to evict Bakunda and seven other families that separately bought land from Ssempa.

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Seven other families that bought land from Ssempa have also suffered attacks from Lubega’s family members. Michael Kijula, one of the area residents, says the wrangle may culminate in bloodshed should the police fail to apprehend and charge the suspects.

Officers from Luwero Central Police Station visited the disputed piece of land on Thursday afternoon and recorded statements from affected residents. They opened inquiries vide police file number 37/28/10/2020.

Abraham Tukundane, the Luwero District Police Commander, says Police has embarked on investigating the complaints and so far picked up four suspects. He identifies the suspects as Ali Bukenya, Shafik Kakokowe Yiga, Umar Matovu and Kakokowe Sharif.

He says the suspects have been charged with assaults and injuring animals.

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