RDC grilled over forceful land evictions

Nakaseke Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Fred Nayebare Kyamuzigita had a tough time before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire land probe commission over allegations of assaulting some 2,500 families in Gomba district during a forceful eviction.

Kyamuzigita is said to have commanded security operatives that allegedly beat, raped and destroyed property belonging to the 2,500 families, all members of Kiboga Twegatte Co-operative Society during their eviction from land in Maddu Sub County, Gomba District.

Kyamuzigita denied the accusations, wondering how sane people could make false statements before the commission.

He denied that the security committee of Gomba which he chaired worked with security operatives to brutally evict people.

Until his posting to Nakaseke last week, Kyamuzigita has been the RDC of Gomba district.

In a witness report read by the lead counsel John Bosco Suuza, one of the evictees, Julius Turyamureeba accused the RDC of evicting them in favour of Joseph Gahigi, one of those claiming ownership of the land on which they had settled.

Kyamuzigita was also accused of giving the evictees only 30 minutes to vacate the land something he denied saying they gave them ample time and their departure lasted for about three days.

How the ended up in Maddu

Kiboga Co-operative society is said to have bought close to 940 acre of land from William Tumwine. The land is comprised on block 364 in Ddegeya sub county Gomba Distrit.

According to Nayebare, in May 2017, they received intelligence reports that a group of people more than 200 in number had come on tracks to take over the contested land.

He said, the security committee member worked with the police and intercepted the caravan at Kyabagamba at the border with Mubende.

Days later, the caravan came back and once again intercepted at around mid-night and sent back but the group according to Kyamuzigita went and settled in Manyogaseke in Mubende district.

Later, he received intelligence that they had started coming back in small numbers using motorcycles. They settled in Ddegeya on plot 8 where they met resistance from those who said they owned the land.

According to Kyamuzigita, some of the occupants had land titles on the land they occupied.