Luweero RDC Suspends NGO Activities over Fears of Bloodshed

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In short
Reach Out with Hope is operating at Bukuma Village in Luweero Town. The Organization with help from citizens of United States Of America offer health services, distribute chicken, animals to residents and engages in pastoral work.

The Luweero Deputy Resident District Commissioner has suspended activities of Reach Out with Hope a non governmental Organization in the district over a land row and violence.
 
Reach Out with Hope is operating at Bukuma Village and other nearby areas in Luweero Town. The Organization with help from citizens of United States Of America offer health services, distribute chicken, animals to residents and engages in pastoral work. It also plans to construct vocational institutes, boreholes, maize mills among other projects.
 
However a sharp disagreement has emerged between founders over land and its management culminating into violence.
 
Daniel Musoke Kibaaya says that five years ago, his father Samuel Mubiru agreed with Sam Nick Ssebambulidde the director of the organization to give him 5.5 acres of land at Bukuma to set up the projects.
 
Musoke the elder son of Mubiru explains that they agreed that the family members will enjoy shares as directors of the organization for their contribution to the projects.
 
However Musoke explains that after the organization picked up, Ssebambulidde is trying to kick out the family and grab their land through inciting residents and police to attack them on grounds that they are sabotaging the development.
 
The family is yet to transfer the land titles to Reach Out with Hope Organization and say they have lost trust in the director Sam Ssebambulidde.
 
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Grace Nanfuuka and other residents of Bukuuma village also counter accuse the family of Samuel Mubiru of threatening to harm them for sidelining with Ssebambulidde.The residents accuse the family of also blocking residents from accessing health center through use of pangas and death threats.
 
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The Luweero Deputy Resident District Commissioner Persis Namuganza says that she has suspended all activities of the organization till land row is resolved to avert possible bloodshed.
 
Namuganza has also ordered the health center to stop offering medical services after learning that it was not registered with District Health Office and it was engaging in critical operations without authorization.
 
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Nick Sam Ssebambulidde couldn't be reached for comment because he has left Uganda on thursday night to USA where he works and solicits funding.However his sister and lawyer Edith Nalunkuuma says that they are no serious conflicts on land but unjustifiable claims from family of Samuel Mubiru which they cant meet.
 
 

 

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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.