The case in which residents of Kyakapeeya and Kikwatamiigo cells in Kicwamba Ward, East Division in Hoima City were sued to Hoima Grade One magistrate’s court for alleged land encroachment has been adjourned.
The residents were sued by the family of the late Princess Victoria Kabagabu, daughter to the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Dr Solomon Gabafusa Iguru.
More than 2,000 households were sued under civil suit No 2 of 2021 for purportedly encroaching on a more than 65 hectares of land covering two cells.
In the February 6, 2021 summon, the defendants were ordered to appear before the Hoima Grade One magistrate’s court on February 23, 2021 but before the date, they rushed the office of the Prime Minister of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom for intervention.
However, they the residents say they were not helped.
Represented by Christopher Mwebaze of M/S Mwebaze & Co Advocates, the defendants attended court on February 23, 2021, but the case was adjourned to March 30, 2021 because the presiding magistrate did not surface.
Speaking to Kazi-njema News outside court, Mr Mwebaze said cases of land eviction were on the rise especially in Hoima due to the oil and gas resource that was discovered in the Albertine Graben.
The Hoima City woman Member of Parliament elect, Asinansi Nyakato, pledged to fight for and sensitise people about their land rights and the offices they have to go to in order to process land titles to avoid unlawful evictions.