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Land Grabbing UPDF Captain Cautioned

Security officials touring the disputed land
Security officials touring the disputed land

Security operatives in Mbarara district led by the RDC Capt. Martha Asiimwe yesterday made a locus visit to establish the cause of land related violence in Rwobuyenje cell, price Kakika division, dosage in Mbarara municipality.

At the center of the dispute which caught the attention of the President’s office, is UPDF’s Capt. Sedius Mugisha who is being accused of issuing threats to his relatives living on the land left behind by his late grandfather Elisa Bikandema.

Security team led by Mbarara RDC Cat Martha Asiimwe

Security team led by Mbarara RDC Cat Martha Asiimwe (R)

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The deceased passed in the late 1990s, leaving his un-demarcated land totaling 20 hectares to his 5 children.

With most of these children dead, the grandchildren led by the army officer came up to claim the land which also includes a forest.

Capt. Mugisha cousins involved in the land squabble include  Benon Kajubi, Maisho Byamaka and Jackson Bikandema.

Byamaka says he has so far received 4 murder threats from the army officer, if he doesn’t leave the land.

Yesterday, Mbarara RDC Capt Asiimwe led a security team that included the DISO, UPDF 2nd Division Commanders, Police Officers, and political leaders to the disputed land.

The house that Capt. Sedius Mugisha allegedly built on one of his cousin's land

The house that Capt. Sedius Mugisha allegedly built on one of his cousin’s land

The team was told by the area Chairperson Edward Katarikabo that the grandchildren properly shared the land from the deceased parents, only that Captain Mugisha was trying grab what does not belong to him.

“I was personally involved in the partitioning of this land to the kids and now I am saddened to see that they are out to kill each other,” he said.

After hearing their complaints RDC Capt. Asiimwe advised the cousins to revert to the original boundaries that were made while sharing the land.

The Mbarara DISO Robert Namanya warned that he would not hesitate to arrest either one of them that causes more confusion on the matter.

Commenting on his fellow army officer’s behavior Makenke 2nd division spokesperson Maj. Peter Mugisa said that while Capt Mugisha was in his right to claim his inheritance, he ought to use the legally provided channels not threats and violence.

 

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