Mbarara: Museveni Gives Directive on Rwera Land Wrangle

Mrbarara RDC Martha Asiimwe (C) reconciling the warring factions

President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Mbarara Resident District Commissioner Capt. Martha Asiimwe to resolve a dispute between Rwera Bariisa Association and the Family of the late Kabampene, illness in Rwentojo cell, cheapest Rwanyamahembe Sub County in Mbarara district.

The clashing parties recently wrote to the President to intervene.

Wilson Katungi, one of the sons of Kabampene says the deceased left a will dividing the land amongst his six children that include himself, Vangeline Nyakate, Jenipher Kyokunda, Allen Namara, Godfrey Kimanzi and Wilson Byaruhanga. Each one was to get at least 11 hectares of land.

But the same chuck of land is being claimed by an association of farmers named Rwera Bariisa Association, where the late Kabampene used to be a member.

The association Chairman Steven Kitaha who blocked the sharing of the land amongst Kabampene’s children said this land was obtained by the association back in 1972.

He says Kabampene joined the group later in 1979, a year after they had purchased the land in question.

He says however, that the late connived with the Land Commission and acquired a second land title which he used to acquire a loan from the defunct Uganda Commercial Bank.

President Yoweri Museveni, he says, was invited in the clash and he resolved it by clearing the loan and the association got back its land.

Kitaha added that the president visited the association on 8th September 1997 and supported them with Shs. 430 million to procure more land for cattle keeping.

RDC Martha Asiimwe says yesterday she received a directive from the President to arbitrate between the two parties and ensure that no blood is spilled.

She urged the parties to reconcile and tell the truth on who truly is the owner of the land.


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