Bakonzo, Basongora Demand Review of Land Distribution

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Bwambale says the Pastoralists accuse the cultivators of trespassing on their land whenever they try to access social service in neighboring areas.

Pastoralists and cultivators in Kitswamba sub-county in Kasese district want government to review the land distribution there. In 2008, government curved out more than 1000 acres of land from Ibuga prison and distributed it amongst the Bakonzo and Basongora communities in Bigando area.
 
It came after the Democratic Republic of Congo expelled several Basongora pastoralists from its territory. Bigando has had its share of land and tribal conflicts since the arrival of Basongora from DRC in 2006. It is the same place where eleven Basongora were killed during the July 5, 2014 attacks.

The Basongora claim the Bakonzo took a large share of the land. Stephen Kyomia is a Musongora. He told a meeting convened by Prince Christopher Kibanzanga at Nkoko village in Bigando zone on Tuesday to foster unity between the two communities that the area will not test peace unless government addresses the land issues.
 
He therefore asked government to review the land distribution as one of the ways to resolve the tension between the two communities. Posiano Bwambale, a Mukonzo in the area says the land conflicts in Bigando have persisted because of the unfair land distribution.
 
He noted that on top of the unequal distribution of land, government has not provided social services like health and education to the area. Bwambale says the Pastoralists accuse the cultivators of trespassing on their land whenever they try to access social service in neighboring areas.
 
In his speech, Kibanzanga asked the two communities to generate general consensus, which can be used by peace makers to remind government to revisit the land distribution process. He asked the two communities to live together and jointly petition government to solve their problems.
 
The meeting resolved to set up a six man team comprising of the Bakonzo and Basongora to jointly compile a petition that will be delivered to the central government through the Resident District Commissioner

 

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