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On Tuesday, the family members stormed the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, David Lubuuka to demand an explanation why the district has continued developing their land in disregard of the court injunction. Kakako took her mattress and pitched camp at the reception area, which paralyzed work for over three hours.
15 Sep 2020 20:35
Florence Kakako crying after the contuned district allocating her family land amid a court injunction.

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A family in Lyantonde has stormed the Chief Administrative Officer’s office protesting the district’s decision to continue developing their 49-acre piece of land. The contested land seats on Block 76, plot 50, Kaliiro ward ‘A’ in Kabula county and currently hosts the district administration block and other departmental offices.    

Joyce Byehondozo, 81, a resident of Kaliiro ‘A’ in Lyantonde town council, says she was born on contested land in 1939 and inherited it from her Late father Kinanigira who also inherited it from her grandfather.  Byehondozo’s family wants the district to vacate the land and compensate her for occupying it illegally for the last 14-years.     

Byehondozo secured a temporary injunction on February 14, 2018 restraining all parties, their agents, assignees, and others from leasing, alienating, selling or harassing or in any way interfering with each other’s occupation until the main suit is determined. 

  

The matter is before Beatrice Stella Atingu, the Assistant Registrar of the High Court of Uganda in Masaka. However, the district ignored the injunction and went on to allocate plots to different developers. According to Byehondozo, when she claimed her right over the disputed land, some unscrupulous Rakai district officials asked her to provide a duplicate certificate of title for verification.    

Byehondozo says that she handed over the duplicate hoping that it would be returned to her after the verification process. She, however, says that she didn’t receive her duplicate title for the land from Rakai District as it had been agreed.  To this day, her daughter, Florence Kakako (67) and grandchildren are following up the matter given the fact that the old lady is weak and can hardly move.    

On Tuesday, the family members stormed the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, David Lubuuka to demand an explanation why the district has continued developing their land in disregard of the court injunction.  Kakako took her mattress and pitched camp at the reception area, which paralyzed work for over three hours. 

Lubuuka was forced to lock himself in the toilet for over three hours as the furious family members pursued him. He returned when the protestors left the district premises. Reporters approached him for comment in vain. Kakako has appealed to the president and Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House, to investigate the increasing corruption and theft of land in Lyantonde.

//Cue in: ‘Neshaaha egi…………….   

Cue out: .......... okulonda president,”// 

 

The family also petitioned the Resident District Commissioner, Catherine Kamwiine who promised to visit the land together with the CAO, DPC, and other concerned authorities to establish the developments put on the land amid the court injunction.  

Arnold Agira, one of Byehondozo’s children, says another district staff sprayed chemicals on a portion of the land measuring half an acre.  He argues that they were provoked to storm the CAO’s office due to the increasing violation of the injunction.         

//Cue in: ‘They continued………          

Cue out: ...............stopped them,"//      

He revealed that the president has written to the RDC and CAO twice directing them to stop mistreating Byendozo until court pronounces itself on the matter.    

//Cue in: ‘The president wrote……    

Cue out: ..................had refused,”//  

In May 2017, Byehondozo filed a suit in High Court in Masaka pushing for the eviction of the district and compensation for illegal occupation of their family land. The matter drew the attention of the president.     

In a February 2016 letter to the Lyantonde CAO, Flora Kiconco, the Principal Private Secretary to the President directed the district not to interfere with Byehodozo’s occupation of land. She requested the CAO to prevail over district officials interfering with Byehondozo’s occupation of the said land until the matter is resolved.