David Kato, whose pineapple plantation was destroyed, is disappointed by the decision of security to sideline with the workers of Banoba who are destroying their crops. He says the workers invade their home during the curfew and spray their crops.
There is a fresh row
between residents of Lwanyonyi-Kirangira in Nama sub county Mukono district and
their landlord Israel Dick Banoba. Residents accuse Banoba of taking advantage
of the curfew to destroy their gardens. The dispute between Banoba and
the residents has been on for about 30 years.
The dispute climaxed
in May 2018 when Banoba secured a court order to evict over 200
residents. The dispute caught the attention of President Yoweri Museveni
who halted the eviction of the residents and directed the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire
Land Commission to ascertain their claims on the land.
Although the commission
findings have never been made public, Banoba has severally tried to evict the
residents forcefully in vain. Now, residents accuse Banoba of using the Covid19
lockdown and curfew hours to deploy his workers to spray dangerous pesticides on
Our reporter has seen several dried up gardens of pineapples,
coffee and rice. Several plantations of bananas and sugarcane measuring about 5
acres have also been cut down.
David Kato, whose
pineapple plantation was destroyed, is disappointed by the decision of security
to sideline with the workers of Banoba who are destroying their crops.
the workers invade their home during the curfew and spray their crops.
//Cue in: “Basaawa kiro…
Cue out: …bomba ezifuuwa”//
another resident whose rice garden was destroyed appeals to the president to
intervene and resolve their disagreement with their landlord depending on the
findings of the Commission.
She said while they are being encouraged by
their leaders to practice farming, their crops are being destroyed.
//Cue in: “Batuma
Cue out: …ebirgiro bya pulezidenti”//
Mzee Hosea Ssonko, one of the area leaders appeals to government come out and
deliver justice to the affected people, saying government’s silence is fueling hatred. Deogratius Golooba,
the Kirangira Village LC I Chairperson, condemns the destruction of resident’s
property, saying it may result in blood shed.
Banoba insists that he only
operates on his land for, which he doesn’t require permission from anyone to develop
it. Banoba claims that bought the contested land measuring about 200 acres in
1971 from Dr. Emmanuel Lumu and there were only 30 squatters.
He however, says the
number of squatters has now multiplied into thousands. Abubaker Musiho. The Mukono
Division Police Commander has confirmed visiting the destroyed gardens, saying
he is currently engaging both parties to reach a mutual understanding.