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DPC, RDC Summoned to Explain Mubende Land Wrangles

The Chairperson of the Commission, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire issued the summons today, following a shooting of an 18-year-old boy by a security guard deployed on a disputed 12 square mile of land claimed by businessman Abid Alam.
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has summoned Mubende District RPC and DPC.

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The Commission of Inquiry into land matters has summoned the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Mubende and the District Police Commander for questioning on fresh violence in Bukooba Village, Nalutuntu Sub County.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire issued the summons today, following a shooting of an 18-year-old boy by a security guard deployed on a disputed 12 square mile of land claimed by businessman Abid Alam.

Initial reports from the area indicate that there was fracas between the residents of Bukooba village, and security guards deployed by Abid Alam, resulting into a shooting that injured a one Allan Taremwa.

The residents reportedly accused police of conniving with Alam to harass them and releasing the security guard without facilitating his trial. Justice Bamugemereire has summoned both the DPC and RDC to appear before her Commission not later than Wednesday, June 27, 2018, to explain their involvement in the matter.

 

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The commission had earlier directed Alam to keep off the disputed land until the Commission completes investigations into its ownership. She warned that Alam would be arrested if found at the scene again.

Alam had appeared before the commission, for questioning on previous reports of violent evictions, destruction of property and murder of three people who were tenants on the same contested land. The commission heard that Alam had displaced over 700 families in his quest to own the land.

Numerous complaints were filed from families of ex-world war servicemen who claimed that they were violently evicted by Alam's agents from the chunk of land where they had settled for more than five decades. Several residents displayed wounds alleging that they had been maimed by Alam's agents.

However, Alam, the proprietor of the Alam Group of Companies, defended having private security guards in the area saying that there was too much as stake for him.

Alam is under investigation for possible prosecution on accusations of murder, assault, causing grievous harm, inciting violence, disobeying lawful orders and unlawful destruction of property. Alam has since petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the Commission's mandate which ordered his arrest in November 2017.