Tension is mounting amongst security officials in Sembabule following the influx of more than 100 people into Kasaana Village in Matete town council.
Tension is mounting amongst security officials in Sembabule following the influx of more than 100 people into Kasaana Village in Matete town council. Kamara Bayeye, the Resident District Commissioner Sembabule says that some of the new settlers are suspected to have originated from Mbiriizi and Kyazanga in Lwengo district and Lwebitakuli in Sembabule town council.
He says that illegal settlers have occupied a 5 acre piece of land in Kasaana village which used to belong to the late Augustine Mugomba. Kamara says that his office has been investigating wrangles between Haji Ahmed Nyanzi and Haji Ahmed Ddumba over the ownership of the said land but he was shocked to hear that a group of strangers had occupied it.
Hakem Mukiibi, the LC III chairman of Mateete town council a small group first occupied the disputed land on Monday this week but the number has kept growing by each day. He says that his office tried to plead with the settlers to leave but their efforts were futile. He says that some of the settlers are ferried in at night to cultivate the land which they have petitioned into smaller plots of land.
Abdallah Kitimbo, Sembabule District Police Commander says that the strangers have similar characteristics like the group that was forced out of Bigaaga Forest reserve in Ntuusi County. He says that they have decided to sensitize members of the group before police embarks on their eviction. Cases of land grabbing and wrangles are on the rise in Sembabule district.
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