How Encroachers Grabbed Kyangwali Refugee Camp Land

cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The team led by Maj. Gen Julius Oketta presented the report to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, prescription Hillary Onek, at a function held in Kampala on Tuesday.

According to the report, encroachers took advantage of the vacuum left by the return of the Rwandan Tutsi refugees to their country and forced their way onto the land.

“I didn’t buy land but gave the chairman Shs 50,000 and allowed me stay on it,” stressed one of the encroachers according to the report released on Tuesday.

The report further implicated some officials from the Office of the Prime Minister for aiding encroachers, especially cattle keepers to settle on the land meant for refugees adding, that others hired it from the settlement commandant.

“Encroachment on the settlement land was organised and supported by local leadership as a means of generating revenue for local councils as a levy on every land sale agreement,” read part of the report.

It was further revealed that some leaders were the land to outwit opponents using the settlement land as a vote soliciting strategy as observed by one encroacher who admitted that he was given free land by the LC1 chairperson in order to be voted for.

According to the findings, it was established that there were foreigners who confessed to have come directly from Rwanda and Congo into the settlement and were assisted by the LC1 chairmen who, according to the foreigners, were also encroachers on the land.

“I came to work for a rich man and after one year I made enough money to acquire my own land since it was so cheap,” confessed one of the encroachers on the settlement land adding, that a number of residents were tenants being hired the land by those who had acquired bigger chunks.

The committee didn’t find any authentic land ownership documents but rather sale agreements in form of exercise books.

However, the committee revealed that there is rampant scramble for land in the area which was attributed to the belief that there is oil underneath and encroachers had hopes of heavy compensation by government.

The committee recommended that all illegal land titles acquired on settlement land be cancelled and those involved in such activities be investigated and held accountable.

“OPM should erect visible marks to clearly show the settlement land begins and ends,” advised the committee.

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