Commission of inquiry into land matters detains government land grabbers in Kasese

Mr Constantine Siwako being arrested by police during the on going land commission in Kasese on the orders of Justice Bamugemereire. Photo by Bikeke Saimon

Mr Constantine Siwako being arrested by police during the on going land commission in Kasese on the orders of Justice Bamugemereire. Photo by Bikeke Saimon

By Kule Ronald

KASESE: The commission of inquiry into land matters has landed on two farmers’ groups in Kasese district that have been trying to grab about one hundred fifty-five hectares’ government land in Mubuku irrigation scheme.

The two farmer’s groups are Siwarama commercial farmers and Rukoki Bataka community group who have been claiming 155 hectares of Mubuku irrigation scheme with the matter still pending judgment in fort portal high court.

During their interface with land commission led by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemerere which started hearing land matters in Kasese on Monday, 26th at hotel margarita, it was found out that the two claimants were merely land grabbers taking advantage of Mubuku irrigation scheme having no land title certificate to claim part of its land.

Appearing before the commission, Siwako Constant the chairman board of directors Siwarama commercial farmers was grilled for about four hours by learned counsel John-Bosco Suuza to produce evidence backing his claims that they own part of the scheme land.

Despite having presented a written agreement from the then ridge leader of Busongora-Bunyangabu area in Toro kingdom signed 10th January 1950 indicating the giving out of the land to six men, Siwako’s documents were proved out by the commission to as forgery and lacking factual evidence.

He told the commission that they inherited the contested land from their grandfathers adding that in 2009, they started receiving encroachers thus embarking on the process to acquire land titles in 2014 from Kasese District Land Board which they have been basing on to claim block 5 plot 33 of Mubuku scheme land.

His efforts to further defend himself were futile as the commission chair lady Justice Catherine Bamugemerere ordered for his detention until when his counterparts from the Rukoki Bataka community group are also expected to give their account on the matter.

“You must come with clean hands, the mistakes are mistakes are once than documentation and i can’t help you in mistakes” Catherine said.

Earlier on the commission had interacted with the Mubuku irrigation scheme officer in charge Lawrence Tibesigwa Fuuza who told the commission that he has received several verbal threats from the Rukoki Bataka community group and Siwarama commercial farmers that he was sitting on a time bomb that would soon end his life.

A police detach has since then been established at the contested land to offer protection and it is currently being used for rice and other cash crops farming by farmers in Mubuku irrigation scheme pending a court judgment in fort portal high court. END

 

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