Former Tooro Premier Petitions OPM over Attacks

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Irumba has been battling government over the ownership of a piece of land measuring about 200 acres in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district. The disputed land neighbors Kyaka I Refugee Settlement.

Stephen Irumba, the former Prime Minister of Tooro Kingdom has petitioned Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda over attacks on his farm.

Irumba has been battling government over the ownership of a piece of land measuring about 200 acres in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district.  The disputed land neighbors Kyaka I Refugee Settlement.

In September last year, officials from the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees started a process to resettle more than 100 families on the land. Irumba said he was considering legal action against the state for illegally occupying his land.

Irumba's lawyer Solomon Webale met Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, officials from Ministry of Lands and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and agreed to open the boundaries on the disputed land to ascertain the owner.  The meeting held last week eached to carry out the exercise before the end of this month.
 
However, more than 100 people stormed Irumba's farm on Wednesday and attacked the manager Goretti Kajumba. She was rescued by police officers who were guarding the farm. Two cows belonging to Irumba were stolen and one cut.

"There have been constant attacks on my farm by people who were relocated on my land by the government.  These actions have affected work and some of my workers have fled in fear, "a letter dated June 15 reads.

According to Irumba attempts to reach Rugunda by telephone after the attacks were futile.

Kyegegwa District Police Commander Benson Byamukama says that they are carrying out investigations to establish the people who stormed the farm. He said that they are also investigating reports that some local leaders in the area incite refugees to attack the farm.


Last month, members of the Tooro Elders Forum presented Irumba 's issue to the Land Inquiry Commission led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.