Parliament Probes Nakaseke Land Evictions

Some of the Nakaseke land grabbing victims camped at Parliament yesterday

Parliament has called for a comprehensive report over the continuous land evictions in Nakaseke district where about 500 families are said to have been displaced from 5 villages by President Museveni’s son in law Edwin Karugire.

Mr. Karugire vehemently denies these accusations.

Over 20 people on Thursday morning camped at Parliament to petition the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for her intervention.

The area Member of Parliament, unhealthy Paulsen Kasana Lutamaguzi told the house that the displaced families are currently homeless with no food to eat.

“Yesterday in the night, there were five villages in Nakaseke which have been faced with land grabbing and evictions; so far not less than 20, 000 people have become homeless and today some have camped at Parliament with a petition,” Lutamaguzi told the house.

Lutamaguzi claims the land grabbers are being guarded by soldiers.

In response, the Minister of Finance, David Bahati confirmed the development, noting that even the government Chief Whip constituted a team that went to Nakaseke.

“Given the urgency of the matter; after here, we are going to call the RDC and the Security as we wait for the report of the committee on Tuesday.”

Bahati promised that government would take administrative action to help the displaced people.

The Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana also noted, “On behalf of government, we want to categorically disown whoever is carrying on the illegal evictions of people from their Bibanja because the law is clear on the protection of land owners; whoever is doing it is doing it in a criminal manner. Government will put in place mechanisms to identify and bring them to book.”

The victims led by Mike Luganda, Muhammad Sseruwagi, Hassan Mutumba and May Kawagga told Chimp reports that the area Deputy RDC known as Africana has connived with the LCIII Chairman, John Mugerwa and other leaders in the rea to illegally evict them from their land.

“These have used the District Land Board chairperson, Geoffrey Mukiibi and others to chase us away from our bibanja saying that the land we are living on belonged to government which later sold it to Mr. Edwin Karugire, the president’s son in law.”

“Some armed men have been coming to our villages arresting our people, fencing, intimidating and making all types of violence on us; we are being chased without any compensation.”

Commenting on the allegations, Mr. Edwin Karugire noted in a message that, “That must be another Edwin Karugire because I have not grabbed, seized, taken, sold, bought, leased, acquired or in any manner dealt with any land in Nakaseke District or its environs. Please administer a sobriety test on anyone who says otherwise.”


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