Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, says that following a fact-finding mission on the land by the government, the president has accepted to buy off the land in favor of the residents to allow them to settle peacefully. She says that the government will process land titles for all Bibanja holders on the contested land and also compensate them for the destruction caused to their properties.
President Yoweri Museveni
has finally intervened in the land wrangle involving more than 1,000 residents of Kyankwanzi district and Patricia Linda Nyakairima, the widow of the late Internal Affairs Minister
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima. The disputed land measuring approximately 5 square miles covers Kyerere
North, Kyerere East, Kiyuni central, Kiryajobyo west, and Kibanda villages in Gayaza sub-county in Kyankwanzi.
The residents have been
feuding with the widow since 2008. Trouble for the residents
started in February this year when the widow deployed over 10 graders and excavators to clear the contested land. The graders destroyed crops including several
acres of Banana plantations, beans, maize, mangoes, Cassava, coffee, Jack
fruits, and rice belonging to the residents. More than 50 soldiers deployed the guard the graders brutally evicted residents and left
more than 1,000 residents homeless.
The soldiers also blocked the residents from accessing the contested land. The helpless residents
through their local leaders then petitioned President Yoweri Museveni demanding his immediate intervention to save them from losing their
Now, Judith Nabakooba, the
Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, says that following a fact-finding mission on
the land by the government, the president has accepted to buy off the land in favor of the residents to allow them settle peacefully. She says that the government will
process land titles for all Bibanja holders on the contested land and
also compensate them for the destruction caused to their properties.
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Nabakooba further contends
that government is going to deploy a team of surveyors and government valuer to
open up the boundary of the land and assess the number of affected people and properties
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Joel Sebikaali, the Ntwetwe
Member of Parliament applauded the president for the initiative, saying the evicted people were undergoing untold suffering.
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Leosan Ssebalunzi, the
LC 3 chairperson of Gayaza Sub County, says that the president has taken a wise decision
to save the locals from being evicted from their ancestral land.
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Retired Captain George
Ssenyonyi, who was born in 1951 on the contested land, says that justice has
prevailed and thanked the president for rescuing them, saying they had nowhere
to go. Godfrey Walakira 60, one of the affected residents in Kyerere North village, says that the government should
always do everything possible to protect the poor from being evicted from their
In 2018, Linda
Nyakairima recorded a statement with the Commission of Inquiry
into Land matters. It came after the commission chairperson, Justice
Catherine Bamugemereire summoned her for
questioning in relation to the disputed land.
The commission then
received complaints from several families in Kiboga district who were ordered
to vacate the 640-acre piece of land that Aronda wanted to acquire for
private investment. The land was initially
registered as a private Mailo property in the name of late Matayo Kidimbo
Mpanga on March 9, 1931.
But the late Gen. Aronda
reportedly paid Gideon Kibirango, who claimed to be the rightful owner of the
land before Mpanga's grandson Ibrahim Lumu contested the transaction.
Linda Nyakairima could
not be reached for comment.