Kakumiro Town Council Accused Of Destroying Family Burial Ground

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Members of the Eryeza family claim that during the road works, the town council encroached on their family land and destroyed some of the graves on the burial site.

The family of Eryeza in Kibaale district is up in arms against Kakumiro town council for allegedly destroying its burial ground. Trouble started last week after Kakumiro town council embarked on the rehabilitation of Eryeza Street. Members of the Eryeza family claim that during the road works, the town council encroached on their family land and destroyed some of the graves on the burial site.

Darlington Aliba, a member of Eryeza family alleges that part of their coffee plantation was also destroyed in the process. Aliba demands that the family be compensated for the destruction or else they drag the town council to court. He says the family has been hurt by the disturbance of their deceased relatives who rest at the burial site.

Aliba says they cannot take the matter lightly. Kakumiro town council authorities have neither denied nor accepted the accusations.  Fred Mwesigwa, the Kakumiro Town council LC 3 chairperson instead blames Eryeza’s family for encroaching on the road reserve. He says council could not halt the road works to protect the encroacher’s interests.

Our reporter in Kakumiro visited the area and saw the damaged graves with human remains exposed.