Bunyoro kingdom threatens to sue land grabbers

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A section of residents of Kyakapeeya and Kikwatamiigo Cells sit outside the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom headquarters in Hoima City waiting to meet the Prime Minister over eviction threats. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

The Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has threatened that the cultural institution will drag to court people involved in land grabbing in the kingdom.

Mr Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga reveals that his office is awash with reports of land grabbing with some culprits either encroaching on the institution’s land or displacing the Omukama (king’s) subjects.

He says some culprits deceitfully claim to have received the land from the king while others claim to be acting on behalf of the king to evict his subjects from the land.

The Premier wonders that some of the culprits are directly attached to kingdom; vowing that they will be dealt with according to the law.

It is against this backdrop that Mr Byakutaaga urges the king’s subjects to guard against land grabbing and also protect other kingdom properties from unscrupulous people seeking to satisfy themselves at the expense of others.

Audio: Byakutaaga on land grabbing (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Mr Byakutaaga’s statement comes at the time when more than 2,000 people are being threatened with eviction by the daughters of the late Princess Victoria Kabagabu, daughter to Omukama Solomon Iguru in Kyakapeeya and Kikwatamiigo Cells, East Division in Hoima City reportedly claiming that they were ordered by the king.

The residents were dragged to court where they are currently defending themselves against alleged encroachment at Hoima Chief Magistrate’s Court.

The Bukinda land saga involving the central government, kingdom and residents in Kyangwali sub-county, Kikuube district leaves people unstable while the kingdom giveaway of part of Bugoma central forest reserve to Hoima Sugar Limited for sugarcane growing remains a controversial matter that has attracted local, national and international condemnation.

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