John Remmy Amara, the Supervisor of the UCU Land holdings at Ntaawo notes that about two weeks back they were involved in a fracas with Christopher Kiiza who showed up claiming ownership of the university farm land.
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Five casual laborers of Uganda Christian
University-UCU are nursing injuries at Allan Gallupin Health Center II
following an attack on the university farm at Ntaawo in Mukono
Central Division on Friday night.
The injured are Bosco
Turyatemba, Bruce Tukesiga, Gideon Muhumuza, William Tumwebaze and Nelson
Kibibi. They were attacked by machete wielding goons
numbering about 30 men who cut them on the head, hands and back.
According to the victims, the attackers were backed by three armed LDUs who
accused them of trespassing on private land. John Remmy Amara, the Supervisor of the UCU Land
holdings at Ntaawo notes that about two weeks back they were involved in a
fracas with Christopher Kiiza who showed up claiming ownership of the
university farm land.
He explains that Kiiza showed up with surveyors to open
up boundaries and create access routes from Ntaawo main road to the farm but
they took off when the university alerted Mukono police division. The contested land measures about 5
Amara notes that they tasked the claimant to produce the purchase
of agreement of the land but he hasn’t responded to their demand. He says that
despite trying to involve the RDC, police has declined to register their
complaint of criminal trespass and destruction of property.
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URN visited the contested farm on Saturday
morning and found several trees cut down, sweet potatoes and cassava uprooted.
The pit latrine for the casual laborers was also pulled down. The farm manager, Milton Habwomugisha, says the
new claimant has hired gangs from Bweyogerere to stop them from utilising the
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Turyatemba, one of the casual laborers told URN
on his sick bed he lost conscious after he was hacked on the head. “I can’t
tell how I reached the health facility.
All what I remember is seeing a group of men asking us what we were
doing on their land before they started beating us,” Turyatemba said.
The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson,
Luke Owesigyire has denied claims that police have declined to enter a case
filed by the university and advises management report at the police to record
statements for investigations to begin.
David Mugawe the UCU Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge
of Finance and Administration says that they have repeatedly tried open a case
with police in vain. He attributes the problem to the removal police post at
Ntaawo that was created after the 2016 fracas when the a team of Bishops led by
the Archbishop Stanley Ntangali were attacked in the same area.
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Church of Uganda owns 649.2 acres of land
donated to it by the family of the late Ham Mukasa in 1921. Its ownership was
later transferred to Bishop Tucker Theological College, the present-day Uganda
But a big portion of the land is now occupied by
encroachers, many of whom have built permanent structures including commercial
and residential houses. Records show that the area has more than 1,000