250 Residents Accuse Landlord of Feeding His Cattle on Their Crops

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Ssenyonjo says they have filed complaints to the local authorities and Kamira Police post seeking compensation in vain.

More than 250 people in Kamira Sub County in Luweero district are up in arms against their landlord for releasing his cows to feed on their crop gardens. The affected people are found in Kyampologoma, Namuningi, Kaswa, Nakasejje, Kiwaza and Kanyogogga villages.
They accuse their landlord Erasmus Kigaba for releasing 300 cows to graze in their gardens causing enormous damage to their crops. Hassan Ssenyonjo, a resident of Namuningi village says he planted three and half acres of Cassava and sweet potatoes amongst other crops last season but Kigaba's cattle invaded the fields and ate all the crops.
Ssenyonjo says they have filed complaints to the local authorities and Kamira Police post seeking compensation in vain. He claims that Kigaba has bribed all law enforcement officers in the area. Faustine Jane Nakyejjwe, a widow at Namuningi village talked to URN with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Nakyejjwe says that despite owning up to five acres of land, she has failed to harvest anything for the last two years adding that, her family is currently depending on handouts. She says they have repeatedly asked Kigaba to erect a fence around his farm to stop his cattle from trespassing in their gardens in vain.
Benedicto Matovu another resident says he and other residents decided to vacate Kaswa village and settle in other villages to avoid the menace of Kigaba's cows. Matovu suspects that Kigaba maliciously releases his cows into their crop gardens with intentions of grabbing their land.

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Livingstone Kategeya, the Kamira Sub county LC III chairperson says they have tried to engage Erasmus Kigaba to stop harassing his neighbors in vain because he knows the residents are paupers who can't challenge him in court. He predicts a possible outbreak of violence between residents and Kigaba's workers.

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Kigaba admits that his animals have caused serious damage to the resident's crop adding that, he has compensated some of the complaints.

Persis Namauganza, the Luweero Deputy Resident District Commissioner says she rushed to the area on Monday after receiving information that residents were mobilizing to kill Kigaba to avenge the destruction of their crop gardens.
Namuganza says she managed to cool down the tempers and has promised to meet Kigaba together with the affected people to ensure he compensates them or face prosecution in the courts of law.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.