Farmer Accuses MP Wojje Of Land Grabbing

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A peasant farmer has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to help him recover a piece of land that Bunghoko North MP Yahaya Wojje Gudoi allegedly grabbed from him.

A peasant farmer has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to help him recover a piece of land that Bunghoko North MP Yahaya Wojje Gudoi allegedly grabbed from him.

Peter Namaisi Nagwere, a resident of Senior Quarters in Mbale, is accusing MP Wojje of grabbing his land located on plot 34 Wanale Road in Mbale Municipality. Nagwere, in a letter addressed to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, claims that he purchased the contested piece of land from one George Kutosi in 2003. He explains that he has been using the land to cultivate crops until August last year when Wojje came with a group of people to evict him.

Nagwere states in the petition that Wojje has taken him to court where he was charged with criminal trespass and forgery. He wants the Speaker of Parliament to use her position to protect him from being harassed by MP Wojje over a piece of land that he claims he rightly owns.

But the MP in an affidavit sworn at Mbale Chief Magistrate’s court, claims that Peter Nagwere trespassed on his land last year and planted beans and maize.  Wojje claims the land was allocated to him by Norbert Turihikayo, the former town clerk of Mbale.

Findings of a 2007 commission that investigated the state of affairs at Mbale Municipal Council recommended the suspension of land allocations till further notice. The commission that was headed by Fiona Egunyu, the former Ngora County Member of Parliament, discovered that the council would in some cases allocate one piece of land to five people.

The illegal land deals landed the Town Clerk Norbert Turihikayo and his deputy Kenneth Katuli into trouble when the two failed to account for 900 million shillings that the council spent to purchase land from Bulambuli district.

The Bulambuli land was to be exchanged with National Forestry Authority for Mbale Central Forest Reserve where a modern satellite housing estate is to be setup.