Outgoing Savannah RPC Cautions Successor on Land Conflicts

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Kyaligonza was early this week transferred to Wamala Region to serve as Deputy Regional Police Commander ending his three-year tenure in Savannah region. He is replaced by Senior Superintendent of Police Moses Mwanga Kitiyo who has just finished training at Bwebajja Police Training School.

Outgoing Savannah Regional Police Commander Edward Kyaligonza has cautioned his successor on the rampant land conflicts and crime hotspots in the region.

Kyaligonza was early this week transferred to Wamala Region to serve as Deputy Regional Police Commander ending his three-year tenure in Savannah region. He is replaced by Senior Superintendent of Police Moses Mwanga Kitiyo who has just finished training at Bwebajja Police Training School.

While handing over office today, Kyaligonza noted that land conflicts remain the biggest policing challenge often culminating in bloodshed across the region. He adds that although he tried to contain the wrangles, there are still many unresolved cases.
 
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Kyaligonza had banned Police officers from engaging in land-related cases except with authorization from Land Police Protection Unit and his office. This followed reports that police officers were being bribed to aid grabbing and eviction of tenants.

Kyaligonza also listed Kasana and Wobulenzi town councils as most challenging areas to manage in the region for increasingly becoming hideouts for criminals and harbouring opposition supporters.

Residents and Local Leaders observed a need for professionalism among police officers saying quite often police seeks to profiteer from exploiting persons entangled in land wrangles. Ibrah Matovu, the District Councillor for Butuntumula Sub County says that several wrangles have been escalated by corrupt police officers.

 
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Gerald Kyanjo, Buganda Kingdom's representative in Buruuli County asked the new RPC to stop police officers from arresting tenants or landlords on fake charges of trespass. Kyanjo also asked Mwanga to sensitize residents on land management issues.

Paul Mukungu the LC III Chairperson of Luweero town council asked RPC Mwanga to equip Police officers attached at Kasana Police Station in order to avert crime rates in the area.

Moses Mwanga Kitiyo said he may not do miracles in the region but he will try to address the issues at hand. He asked for the cooperation of the police officers and the general public in fighting crimes.
 
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At least 50 land cases are registered by both the Police and the Office of the Resident District Commissioner each month. Some of the land cases have led to violent clashes as the tenants resist their eviction. The areas that record high cases are Kamira, Kikyusa, Butuntumula and Kalagala sub-counties.

Last year, angry residents of Bugabo village in Kalagala Sub County set ablaze tractors hired by the office of the Treasury in Buganda Kingdom while protesting their eviction.

In the other charges, Benson Byaruhanga was appointed as Luweero District Police Commander to replace Paul Wataka who was taken to course at Bwebajja Training School a year ago. Jennifer Ayesiga the OC station of Kasana Police Station was replaced by Sperato Bainomugisha from Police Headquarters.
 

 

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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.