Lwemiyaga Residents Petition Parliament Over Land Eviction

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They go on to state that they are aggrieved by arbitrary actions of Uganda Investments Authority and the area LC3 Sub County Chairperson Emmanuel Kamiyingo. They accuse them of using force to unlawfully evict them from their land contrary to the Constitution of Uganda and section 35 of the Land Act.

Residents of four local councils of Bulongo Parish, Ntuusi Sub County, Lwemiyaga County, Ssembabule district have petitioned Parliament through their area MP Theodore Ssekikubo to intervene and investigate circumstances under which they were forcefully evicted from their land.
 
Ssekikubo moved under article 29 of the rules of procedure of parliament to present the petition signed by 2553 residents on the floor.
 
The petitioners are being evicted from a piece of land on plot 5 dock 11 measuring 2930 acres which is four and half square mile registered in the names Uganda Investments Authority.
 
The affected residents are in Kabeho, Kinoni Booma, Kyattuba B and Bigaaga Local Councils of Bulongo Parish, Ntuusi Sub County Lwemiyaga County Sembabule District.
 
In the petition, residents state that they are the lawful and bonified occupants of the land. They go on to state that they are aggrieved by arbitrary actions of Uganda Investments Authority and the area LC3 Sub County Chairperson Emmanuel Kamiyingo. They accuse them of using force to unlawfully evict them from their land contrary to the Constitution of Uganda and section 35 of the Land Act.
 
The land in question is part of the restructured ranches and was acquired by one Ntabala Faustine in 1990. In 1995 Ntabala sold off 500 acres to two widows Kekitendelo Jovans and Merabu Kemikufu in exchange for 75 heads of cattle.
 
The residents ask parliament to investigate the manner, circumstances of acquisition and disposal of the disputed Uganda Investments Authority Land. They also want to know under what circumstances under which the managing director of Abeki Farm Enterprises Limited ended up acquiring the land. 
 
The residents also want Parliament to investigate circumstances under which Kellen Kayonga forcefully drove her cattle on the residents land. In the process she destroyed crops, pasture,caused pollution of water and fenced off the land.
 
The residents also want to know why the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura deployed heavily to aid the takeover of their land.  
 
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Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah referred the resident’s petition to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Physical Infrastructure for expeditious handling and later report back to the house to advise on the next step.