Over 300 Families Face Eviction Amidst Land Dispute with NARO in Rubanda

Summary:

  • The disputed land spans nine villages in Muko Sub County, including Byeza, Nyamiyaga, Rushekye B, Rushekye A, Karengyere Center, and Kashambya, among others.
  • The Karengyere Agricultural Research Center farm manager Ivan Mwesigye says that NARO is conducting a nationwide demarcation of all their land.

RUBANDA: Over 300 families occupying over 900 acres of land in Muko Sub County, Rubanda District are living in fear of eviction after their land was allegedly surveyed and pillars installed without their consent by Officials from Karengyere Agricultural Research Centre, a branch of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO).

Last Week, under police protection, center officials led by manager Ivan Mwesigye accessed land where locals had crops and began marking boundaries for fencing. They also cleared trees planted by some locals. These actions left residents furious, alleging that officials demarcated land where many have lived for over 20 or 30 years.

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The disputed land spans nine villages in Muko Sub County, including Byeza, Nyamiyaga, Rushekye B, Rushekye A, Karengyere Center, and Kashambya, among others. Residents who include, Christine Tusingwire, Herbert Muhanguzi, Agness Tweheyo, Jasper Burahi accuse the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) of installing pillars on their land without permission, despite having lived there for over 60 years.

Residents claim that only area chairpersons were invited to the demarcation process, without clear communication to the residents.

The affected families are now appealing to the government to intervene swiftly to prevent forced evictions. They have also threatened to take action against anyone who enters their land without authorization, including top government officials.

CUE IN RESIDENTS……ON LAND……RR//

The Karengyere Agricultural Research Center farm manager Ivan Mwesigye says that NARO is conducting a nationwide demarcation of all their land. He noted that the disputed land has had a title since 1922 and questioned why many residents have not processed their land titles. Mwesigye also stated that the Sub County and District leadership were informed in writing about the demarcation process.

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CUE IN MWESIGYE……ON DEMARCATION……RR/ENG//

However, the Muko Sub County Gomborora Internal Security Officer (GISO) Bruno Musiimenta and Muko Sub County Chairperson Patrick Abeneiwe Mukwete say that security officials were not informed about NARO’s demarcation process. They have promised to escalate the issue to higher authorities for resolution.

CUE IN BRUNO & PATRICK……ON THE MATTER……RR//

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