Security blocks land boundary opening over violence in Kikuube

Butema land evictees in Buhanika Sub-county, Hoima District return to their land after State House intervention in 2020. (File photo)

The Kikuube Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has stopped the boundary opening exercise on the disputed32.2 ha of land in Nyakabongi Village.

In his move to prevent violence and its effects, Mr Amlan Tumusiime visited the disputed area and ordered the local leaders to tolerate no boundary opening until when the district security will green light the exercise.

 “We have agreed that the boundary opening should not take place because the land title has some queries and is under investigations. We have evidence that the name of the land title was changed. In case one comes to evict you, don’t pick arms but just call the DPC and RDC, Kikuube”, said Mr Tumusiime.

Audio: Tumusiime on land (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Mr Tumusiime intervened on Wednesday last week when the boundary opening exercise was around the corner.

Located in Kinogozi parish, Buhimba sub-county, the land has been under contention between Emmanuel Mwesige against some of his family members and the neighbouring residents since 2012.

There are more than 100 persons at risk of eviction around the land in dispute.

Mwesige is accused of fraudulently changing the land title of his deceased uncle, Rozio Kaliisa into his, an allegation he denies.

Mwesige’s efforts to reopen that land boundary in 2012 were frustrated by residents that rose against him.

However, Mwesige claims to have lawfully surveyed the land and secured a 49 year lease with full involvement of the Hoima District Land Board in 1991. He adds that he had on personal understanding allowing Mr Ronald Kyamuhagire, a son to the late Kaliisa to settle on the land taking care of it on his behalf.

“The land is lawfully mine. But I had just allowed him to stay there because I was staying far away”, he says.

Mr Deogratious Kaija, the Kyakabonge LC1 Chairman, says to his information, the late Kaliisa left the land to his children including Serimi Kwebiiha and Joseph Isingoma. He adds that persons in dispute with Mwesige are living in fear of a forceful eviction any time.

Audio: Kaija on land (Runyoro/Rutooro)

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