Nakaseke South Member of Parliament, Paulsen Lutamaguzi Ssemakula wants the Ministry of Lands to come out and address the problem of land evictions and grabbing, now reemerging in Nakaseke, before the situation escalates.
Lutamaguzi told the House that residents in six villages in Nakaseke were on Wednesday morning raided by police officers from Kiwoko police station and arrested for refusing to surrender their land.
“The residents of Mizimbo, Balakira, Manywa, Senda, Kabugwe and Mizinga were raided and detained at the police station for resisting evictions,” he said.
Luttamaguzi says despite the Minister’s earlier interventions to stop evictions in the districts, the perpetrators continued with the evictions.
“After the letter written by the Ministry of Lands, it seems the perpetrators went behind and started working with policemen to evict residents,” Lutamaguzi explained.
On behalf of government, the Minister of State for Planning David Bahati promised that government through the relevant authorities will intervene in the matter on Thursday.
“We shall take it up with the Minister of Lands and will get in touch with you tomorrow morning, we shall update the House on what action we will have taken,” Bahati assured the House.
This is not the first time the matter has been raised to the house, in March this year, 500 families from 5 villages were reportedly evicted from their land.
A group of over 20 people petitioned the Speaker of Parliament who accused the District Land Board chairperson, Geoffrey Mukiibi of being used by the perpetrators to forcefully grab peoples’ land.