Over 30,000 people in Kiryandongo evicted by Government officials
By Our Reporter
50 Square Miles(50,000 hectares) of Kiryandongo Land Shared by sugarcane tycoons,Gen Elly Tumwine named, Residents become Refugees in own country. Residents of Kiryandongo District are stranded after being evicted from the land they have been occupying for a while. Authorities in Kiryandongo District are on the spot for defying the Commission of Inquiry into land matters to stop forceful eviction of thousands of families from Kiryandongo and Kitwara Sub Counties.It is alleged that more than 5000 families have been rendered homeless in the ongoing forceful eviction in the district.
The evicted families under their Nyamalebe Landless Association were settled by the government on ranches 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23 in the two Sub Counties under the 1990 Ranches Restructuring Scheme.
They accuse two companies; Agilis Partners Limited, a grain dealing company and Kiryandongo Sugar Limited of colluding with the Police and the office of the Resident District Commissioner to violently evict them and destroying property worth millions of shillings.Petition:
In the petition before the commission titled “Memorandum on land grabbing and related human rights abuses in former government ranches in Kiryandongo District”, the evictees are seeking for actions to avert the violence and abuse aided by the Police, army and the office of the RDC.
The eviction, according to the petition, resulted from a November 2017 public rally convened by people claiming to be investors – accompanied by the delegation of the Police, army and district officials – in which they ordered the peasant farmers to vacate the land.
“Shortly after the rally, violence, intimidation, use of tear-gas and gun shots, illegal arrests and detention, harassment, demolition of schools and peoples’ houses, destruction of gardens ensued, side-lining lawful procedures of compensation of any lawful occupant of the land,” reads the petition.
Ssebaggala contends that the violent evictions have led to demolition
of six schools, causing over 1500 children to drop out of school. Why
should people be landless in Kiryandongo district yet there’s square
miles of land? Who is selling government ranches? Justice Catherine
Bamugemereire holds baraza where untold suffering by citizens dominated.
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asks local leaders in Bunyoro sub region to make sure people don’t become landless yet there’s plenty of land. Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to lead a Community Baraza in Arua City.