Police Evicts UPDF Soldiers from Disputed Land

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Recently, UPDF soldiers camped on land and threatened to shoot the staff of Bukalasa College if they dare step on the land.

Police has evicted UPDF soldiers from a disputed 98 acres piece of land and buildings belonging to Bukalasa Agricultural College in Luweero district. The soldiers were evicted today following a crisis meeting convened by Paul Lubowa, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner and District Police Commander Samuel Bamuzibire on Monday.

Recently, UPDF soldiers camped on the disputed land and threatened to shoot the staff of Bukalasa College if they dare step on it.  The soldiers claimed that the army had secured a lease for the land in question from Uganda Land Commission and Luweero District Land Board. However, the students, staff and local areas in the area would not have any of this.

They petitioned Paul Lubowa, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner, DPC and Uganda Land Commission. They demanded that ULC revoke the lease offered to the army, since the land is used by students for their practical lessons and to grow food. In a closed door meeting convened at the college on Monday, the RDC and police ordered army to vacate the disputed land until the matter is resolved.

Samuel Bamuzibire, the Luweero DPC says that they ordered the soldiers to leave because their presence on the disputed land had escalated the land conflict. He says that they also feared that the presence of the soldiers could lead to blood shade because of confrontation with residents and students. He explains that by this morning, all the soldiers had withdrawn from the disputed land and returned to Mbuya Military barracks until the matter is resolved.

Bamuzibire says that they have also ordered Christine Anyait, the principal Bukalasa Agricultural College and colonel Emmy Mulindwa, the UPDF officer in charge of land to present all the documents proving ownership of the disputed land in a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Currently scores of policemen have been deployed at the building and disputed land to keep law and order until the dispute is resolved.

Christine Anyait, the principal Bukalasa Agriculture College insists the disputed land was allocated to the school in 1930 but it was fraudulently leased to the army by the district in 2008. Col Emmy Mulindwa says they acquired the land lawfully, adding he will table their come Thursday. According to reports, the army reportedly applied for the land to construct a national military referral hospital.


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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.