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Kyotera Land Saga: Police Halts Eviction of 35 Households

Mary Nabukenya and Florence Nakaaki, two of those affected claim that Kibi disposed of the land during the COVID19 lockdown when the government through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development halted all kinds of land transactions.

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The Police Land Protection Unit in Kyotera district rushed to Kissaka-Samba village in Kakuuto sub-county on Sunday to quell clashes over 58 acres of land. The dispute between the family of the late Yusufu Byomere and over 35 bibanja holders started over two years. 

The occupants accuse Byomere’s son identified as Peter Kibi of selling off the land to unknown developers without their knowledge. Kibi claims to be the rightful owner of the land.  During a meeting convened by Muteera Asiimwe, the Kyotera Community Liaison Officer, it emerged that Kibi connived with the village authorities to secretly sell off the land. 

Mary Nabukenya and Florence Nakaaki, two of those affected claim that Kibi disposed of the land during the COVID19 lockdown when the government through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development halted all kinds of land transactions.    

//Cue in: “Ettaka lino taata wange………………….  

Cue out:…………………ayina obuyinza bwekibanja.”//   

Fred Matovu, another affected resident, says that the land transactions are often done at night without their knowledge.    

//Cue in: “Tuli mu kutya wakati………………….      

Cue out:……………tetunafuna kuyambibwa.”//   

David Kirabira and Esther Nakayenga, both administrators of the late Byomere’s estate say that Kibi has no right to sell the land because it wasn’t up for sale. They warned him to desist from the unlawful transaction on the land, saying it might result in bloodshed.

Kirabira says that Byomere respected all the Bibanja holders and lived with them peacefully, adding that whoever buys land from Kibi does so at his or her own risk.

//Cue in: “Peter ekyogenda nga atuunda………………….  

Cue out:……………kale akikola mu bukyamu.”//   

Muzakiru Kintu, the Speaker Kakuuto Sub County has cautioned Kibi and other land grabbers to suspend their planned eviction of the settlers, saying that they risk arrest and imprisonment. He advised Byomere’s family to hold a meeting to decide on who is responsible for receiving ground rent from the tenants.   

//Cue in: “Enkayana eziriwakati………………….    

Cue out:……………olwabatuuze benkikirira.”//

 

Kibi and the accused LC 1 Chairman did not attend the meeting. Kibi was represented by James Kyabagu, who appealed to the family members to meet and distribute Byomere’s estate to his children to avoid clashes.  

However, Muteera Asiimwe, the Community Liaison Office has halted further land transactions by Kibi to avoid bloodshed. He appealed to the Bibanja holders and landlords to understand each other’s right and follow the right procedure when it comes to land transactions.    

//Cue in: “Eteeka lirambika owekibanja………………….     

Cue out:……………landloodi wo okakase obutuuzebwo.”//