HUNDREDS of bibanja owners (tenants) in Sii Sub-County Buikwe District are living in fear after two business men from Kampala threatened to evict them.
The two businessmen got into a misunderstanding over the land totaling 600 acres Formerly Nakayaga Growers Cooperative Society, founded in 1945.
The defunct Nakayaga Farm had 0ver 1000 acres of land after but failing to operate, owners decided to sell it in two shifts to; New Hope Uganda/ Musana Camp (400) acres, while the part remained vacant.
‘’After some time the defunct farm owners realised that their lease was about to expire in 2010 but earlier in 2009 James Dagirira started to process the documents of this land under Buikwe district because as new district by that time ,it had gotten a code number and it was no longer necessary to process land documents from Mukono . It is alleged that the committee of Nakayaga farm led by Chairman Charles Ssemanda Former, Mayor Mukono and Secretary Manager Joseph Lutwaama decided to keep this matter a secret.
The contested land seats in five villages Zitwe, Kikuli,Mbiru,Nalumuli and Bunango .Residents in these villages are in fear after businessman Leonard Mutesasira deployed private security guards on the contested land .
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Mutesasira reportedly influenced the arrest of James Dagirira over the same land, leaders also talked to Mutesasira for reconciliation with Dagirira who has a farm on the contested but in vain after Mutesasira tried to take over the land.
To get sympathy from the public and courts of the law, Mutesasira has constructed a hotel but at several times district leaders and former Rdcs Emmy Mitala and Jane Francis Kagayi who were in the middle of these matters as negotiator brought several options to see that these two parties come to understanding for equal justice and requested the two parties to divide the land for every party to benefit.
Some residents who remain say Mutesasira forced their relatives to sell off their land without the presence of government valuer and lawyers and that Mutesasira was the one determining price for their land. Leonard Mutesasira still wants to take over people’s land, forcing them to accept the money he is giving them.
The case over this land is in courts of law . James Dagirira was the bonafide occupant by that time the lease was about to expire and the law gives any sitting tenant the first priority in such scenarios .