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However, the residents vowed not to leave the land saying they had purchased it from the deceased and have lived on the land for more than two decades.

More than 50 residents of Kito and Kanyanda villages in Makulubita Sub County in Luweero district have staged a demonstration to protest the destruction of their crop gardens.

The affected residents led a procession to Makulubita Sub County headquarters this morning after unidentified people slashed about 20 acres of their crop gardens last night.
They vowed not to leave until the sub county leadership assures them of protection.

The attackers slashed crops such as coffee, banana and Cassava among others. Residents woke up this morning to see the destruction. The affected residents told URN that after the death of their landlord Lawrence Ntege about a year ago, three people including Nelson Mbiro, Eddy Ntege and Ronald Sekabira showed up and threatened to evict them saying they were the rightful owners of the land.
 
However, the residents vowed not to leave the land saying they had purchased it from the deceased and have lived on the land for more than two decades. Paulina Nalumansi, one of the affected residents told URN that she lost 2 acres of her banana plantations to the destruction. Nalumansi is now worried that she may fail to feed her family of six.

URN spoke to some of the affected residents at Makulubita Sub County sub county headquarters.
 
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Efforts by URN to speak to the suspected masterminds of the attack on the residents didn't yield results as none of them could be reached by the time of filing this story.

Charles Kalibbala, the Makulubita Sub County LC 3 chairman told URN that he was not aware of the dispute but has promised to investigate the matter.

Ahmed Wandera, the acting Luweero Resident District Commissioner says he has instructed police to investigate the case and protect the locals.

Khiddu Makubuya, the Katikamu South MP says he recently petitioned the Ministry of Land to intervene in surging wrangles in the area but he is yet to receive any response from the authorities responsible.

In April this year, more than 2000 residents of Nsanvu, Kalasa and Makulubita A parishes in Makulubita Sub County protested the survey of their land on block 207 measuring 335 hectares.