250 Face Eviction From Kyabazinga's Land

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At least 250 people in Bugembe town council, Jinja district face eviction as Busoga Kingdom moves to secure the Kyabazinga's palace. The land in question is part of the mile land belonging to Busoga which had been illegally sold off in the last six years of conflicts over the late Henry Wako Muloki's replacement.

At least 250 people in Bugembe town council, Jinja district face eviction as Busoga Kingdom moves to secure the Kyabazinga's palace.
 
The land in question is part of the mile land belonging to Busoga which had been illegally sold off in the last six years of conflicts over the late Henry Wako Muloki's replacement.
 
Isebantu Muloki dies in 2008 and the confusion ensued with different princes claiming the right to be the next Kyabazinga.
 
The land covers at least five villages in Igenge, Wanyange, Katende, Nakanyonyi and Buwekula parishes in Bugembe town council Jinja district. Dr. Joseph Muvawala, the interim Chairman of Busoga steering committee, said that residents who constructed near the Kyabazinga's palace in Igenge hill will be evicted and their houses demolished.
 
Muvawala told residents that the Kyabazinga's palace land and perimeter wall had been encroached on forcing the perimeter wall to collapse which jeopardizes his security. Since then, the locals are wondering where to go next.
 
Muzafaru Balamya, who is a victim, wonders why the Kingdom has not been letting them know they would leave the area. Balamya, who has lived on the land for more than 3 years, says the development has left them puzzled. He paid five million shillings, but was given a receipt from Busoga Kingdom indicating payment of 200,000 shillings plus an order to construct his house.
 
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Moses Mukisa, a father of three, says they have never been informed that his land belongs to the Kingdom. He says he bought his one-acre piece of land from a friend in 2009.
 
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Chief Yasin Waguma Ntembe, the royal chief for Butembe county of Busoga, says all property for Busoga Kingdom must be gotten back by the officials of the interim steering committee after they were misallocated and abused in the last six years.
 
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Busoga Kingdom has stopped all human activities at Igenge hill.