Over 80,000 Kikuube residents risk eviction from land

Residents of Nyairongo Village in Kabwoya Sub-county, Kikuube District sit in a meeting to discuss their land issue at Nyairongo Church of Uganda premises. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

More than 80, 000 people are living in fear of being evicted from their land in Kabwoya Sub-county, Kikuube District.

The affected are residents of seven villages including Nyairongo, Rwembaaho, Nyambogo Sayuni, Zahura, Rwenkobe and Bitagata.

The residents cite two among other moguls only identified as Ndahura and Baraka as having land titles entirely covering Zahura and Rwenkobe villages respectively.

During a meeting at Nyairongo Church of Uganda premises, the Nyairongo village chairman, Mr Desire Nkurunziza, said the residents are at the edge of being thrown out from their land, calling for higher authorities’ intervention.

The chairman blamed leaders in higher offices for “being silent about the land issue in the area”, specifically calling upon “the Member of Parliament and the Resident District Commissioner to seek audience with President Museveni and tell him about the matter in Nyairongo when he visits the district canvassing for votes”.

Mr Nkurunziza said the residents’ efforts to process titles for their land have always hit a snag since “they are told that the land for which they apply for titles had them processed long ago” yet without their knowledge.

Ms Lovisa Namatovu, the Nyairongo parish councillor, urged leaders in higher offices to help the residents to engage in mediation reasoning that it is more time saving and less costly compared with rushing to courts of law.

She said that the residents have lived on the pieces of land in contention for more than a decade, thus, qualifying to be highly considered.

“The people of Nyairongo must be treated as Ugandans because they have stayed on that land for more than 10 years and as such they have to be considered as the law states”, she said during the meeting.

Mr Lawrence Bariho, a resident of Kayegaramire village proposed to the people of Nyairongo and Kabwoya to boycott the forthcoming general polls if government does not intervene, accusing officials of Bunyoro Kitara of keeping a deaf ear on land issues in the kingdom.

The Rev Francis Ntegyereize working with the Navigators of Development Association (NAVODA) told the meeting that a group of 10 people including lawyers and journalists have been set to help them on the issue, asking them to follow the right procedures in solving the matter.


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