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Retired Judge, Kalungu Residents Clash Over Land

Led by Andrew Kawalya, the residents claim that they acquired the contested one acre piece of land from the late Josephine Namusisi in 1991 for use as a community playground.

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Retired Masaka Resident judge, Kibuka Musooke is embroiled in a land dispute with some residents of Kalungu district. The contested land is found in Kago Village in Bukulula Sub County. 

Trouble started after Justice Musoke fenced off his land including a community playground drawing protests from residents.

Led by Andrew Kawalya, the residents claim that they acquired the contested one acre piece of land from the late Josephine Namusisi in 1991 for use as a community playground. 

They however, say that they were shocked to see the retired Judge fencing off the playground. The complainants have vowed not to sit back and watch Musooke takeover the playground. 

Although the residents don’t have a purchase agreement for the contested land, they insist it belongs to them.  

//Cue in: “Ffe batata bafe..     

Cue out:.. asembayo,”//  

Umar Kisirinya, the Kago Village LC I Chairperson, says when Justice Kibuka bought the land, which borders the community playground, they warned him against encroaching on the playground despite the fact that it is on the same title.  

He explains that they asked Justice Kibuka to stay away from the contested land because it is a community playground that has potential of sparking a conflict with residents. 

Kisirinya also reveals that when Kibuka deployed surveyors to open the boundaries of his land in 2014, they advised him to leave out the playground.  

                                          

//Cue in: “RDC… 

Cue out:…Bajakuata omuntu,”//

Kibuka said he has 120 acres of land in the area and can’t grab land. He asked the residents to allow him develop the land and he secures for them an alternative piece of land.  

//Cue in: “Singa mwankwata bulungi…”

  

Cue out:…..Ekyapa nkirina,”//

Kalungu Resident District Commissioner, Caleb Tukaikiriza has asked residents to accept Kibuka’s offer to provide them alternative land where they can establish a playground. 

He asked them to establish a five member committee that will follow up on the justice offer to secure for them alternative land for a playground.