David Kaboyo, the Rakai Resident District Commissioner has ordered UPDF soldiers deployed to evict residents from a contested piece of land in Kabila Sub County to back off. Last week, Faustino Muryengezi a local businessman deployed several soldiers on a contested 15 acre piece of land in Ndolo village to evict 15 families. Muryengezi alleged that he had acquired the land from Rakai District Land Board to expand his farm.
However, the affected families resisted their eviction and petitioned the RDC and Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, the Kyotera County Member of parliament. Led by Eugene Ssemaganda, the Bweyo parish chairperson the residents contested the manner under which Muryengezi acquired the land since some of them have been occupying it for about 50 years. In their petition, the residents also faulted the Rakai district land board for failing to consult them as sitting tenants before allocating the land to the businessman.
They asked the authorities to carry out investigations to establish how the businessman acquired the disputed land. Now, David Kaboyo, the Rakai resident District commissioner has ordered the soldiers deployed to execute the eviction to back off the land. Kaboyo told URN on Monday that he ordered the soldiers to leave after holding consultations with Gavous Mugyenyi, the Masaka Armored Brigade Commander.
Kaboyo says after meeting Mugyenyi last week he learnt that the soldiers were illegally deployed on the contested land. He says that they have launched investigations to establish how the businessman got the land. Haruna Kasolo, the Kyotera county MP has appealed to the affected families to remain calm, adding that preliminary investigations show that the businessman didn’t acquire the title for the disputed land from Rakai district land board.
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Paul Wasswa Ssekyewa, the Rakai District Council speaker says that the disputed land is part of the Sango Bay Land which they intend to allocate to an investor to set up a sugar factory. Ssekyewa says that he is scheduled to convene a council meeting on October 23 to discuss how the affected residents will be compensated. But Faustine Muryengezi insists that he legally acquired the land, adding that he has all documents to prove his case.
Muryengezi says that he is consulting his lawyers to decide his next course of action. Two months ago, another businessman Zeedi Kayonde Lwakaana forcefully attempted to evict dozens of farmers in Kakuuto sub county triggering off deadly clashes which left 5 houses burnt.