Mubende District Political Wing Connive with Land Grabbers to Sell off Government land.

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Mubende District Political Wing Connive with Land Grabbers to Sell off Government land.

Land grabbers have gained support from police to help them take over part of government institutions’ land in Mubende district which is yet to pose another threat to locals in their quest for health service delivery from government entities.

The land that is under contention by locals blocking the private developer accommodates Kibalinga Health Center III in Kibalinga Sub County, Mubende district and this is creating mixed reactions from different divides both locals and the political wing in the sub County.

According to reliable sources, the embattled land is at plot 242/243 block 199 in Buwekula totaling to 10 acres but the sub county chairperson Mr Mbonye Venancious and the some high ranking politicians at the district including the chairman LCV connived and gave away this land to Mubende Maize Milling Company Limited to construct a maize milling marchine, at Mubende-Fort Portal main high way.

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Police is currently heavily deployed fully armed following threats from locals vowing to burn excavators and tractors and cause injury in defense for this land which they said was acquired using tax payer’s money.

Speaking to Mubende district police commander ASP Patrick Byaruhanga, confirmed the deployment and said it was after a call from the sub county chairperson to offer security to the investor who is curing out bush clearing for him to start work, and re-affirmed the need to have this land developed as council passed it for the benefit of the community.

However, councilors who are objected to this said their sub county boss took advantage of the ongoing health workers industrial action to sell the land with support from political high ranking officials at Mubende district headquarters insisting theat was enforcing lawful council decision. Mulimira Pension a clinical officer at this facility said this is going to pose them a huge threat to them saying even health workers’ houses are yet to be demolished since they fall under the catchment area.

Kibalinga Health Centre III receives over 200 patients a day from in and outside the sub county, and it’s where most of Mubende Fort Portal road are first referred for emergencies before referral is mad to Mubende regional referral hospital.

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Wrangles escalate in Mubende, as the Age-limit debate takes course.

Wrangles escalate in Mubende, as the Age-limit debate takes course.

Mubende district NRM Councillors have disagreed with their Mps over the move to lift the presidential age bracket as enshrined in article 102(b) of the 1995 Constitution.

The angry Councillors during a hated meeting at Kasenyi Church Hall in Mubende town, they accused these Mps who included the state minister for Kampala Hon Benny Namugwanya Bugembe for connivance and silencing their contributions towards this important close which is yet to determine Uganda’s political destiny.

The Councillor representing Kiyuni Sub County Nangonzi Teddy said, party members in Mubende are currently disturbed by the way government enforce Hon Evelyn Anite’s prophesy of using the army in the age limit drive as it was witnessed in the august house on Wednesday when special forces command was deployed in parliament to eliminate suspended MPS from proceedings.

Katumba Godffrey from Nyanzi Sub County said, NRM has got a succession political equation which all Ugandans are watching.

The Councillors resolved that the party should constitute a constitutional review commission to seek contribution from the part membership.

The woman MP for Mubende who doubles at the state minister for Kampala Hon Benny Namugwanya Bugembe said the deployment at parliament was legal and the speaker had the mandate to call for extra force for business to commence in the House.

The district party membership anonymously resolved to abstain the amendments, but instead subject the mater to a review commission.

 

Buyaga West legislator escapes arrest

Buyaga West legislator escapes arrest

Kagadi District Police Commander Remeo Ojera Oneck yesterday led an unsuccessful attempt to arrest the Buyaga West Mp in Kagadi district, Hon Barnabas Tinkasimire.

The MP escaped a security cordon along Muhorro-Kagadi road where police officers awaited to curtail him from travelling to Burora sub-county in his constituency to meet residents on land related matters.

MP Tinkasiimire traveled from Kampala to listen to his constituents’ concerns about a Kampala based tycoon named as Fausitina Ntambala who locals accuse of grabbing their land.

Police had earlier said that they suspected the MP was disguising the meeting and only planning to launch the so called kogikyatako campaign, which opposes the amendment the Article 102 of the constitution.

The lurking police officers however, where stunned on intercepting Tinkasimiire’s car, to find that it was being driven by a local councilor representing Muhooro sub county, Medard Ahumuza.

They searched the car and there was no one else.

The Member of Parliament, after beating the police, successfully convened the meeting with the residents, where he bragged about outwitting the police officers.

Tinkasiimire Barnabas is among the 25 Mps who were suspected by the Speaker on Wednesday for misconduct in the parliament.

They are opposing the amendment of article 102 b to lift the presidential age limit in the constitution.

300 people to be rendered homeless over land wrangles in mubende district.

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Over 300 people have been given an ultimatum of one month to depart from land which is said to be owned by one Namakula Mariam who has other intentions of utilizing it.

The land in question is on Block 388 Plot 14 which Namakula claims to have bought from a one Miyagi Kyazze Henry, last year on 20/05/2016.

People who are experiencing sleepless nights are from the villages of Kayebe LC1 and Butayunja LC1 in Kayebe Parish Kitenga Sub CountyC in Mubende district.

Mbalage Sam, 56 a resident on this land says that people are in deep fear because of the constant threats and eviction attempts centered on them hence appealing to the district leadership to curb down the pending saga by engaging with the concerned parties to help them before their displacement.

Another Ruhinda Stephen, 79 says that he has been on this land since 1945 where he even has a burial cemetery for his relatives but he is disgruntled not knowing where to relocate to.

Speaking to Sekamate Bruce the chairperson Butayunja village says that he is confused of where the people are going to live when they are displaced from their land because they are in big numbers yet the resettlement period given to them is unconducive to initiate their next destination and start a leaving.

This was derived at, during a meeting in which the victims discussed with the state minister for Kampala affairs Hon Benny Namugwanya Bugembe to find a win-win situation over the matter.

The victims pinned a one Ntambi Michael who  is said to be the middleman between the victims and the said landlord, thus the minister halting and cautioning him about fueling chaos in the area.

 

Residents in Mubende municipality have threatened to sue UNRA.

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Residents in Mubende municipality have threatened to sue UNRA

A section of residents in Mubende municipality, Mubende district dwelling along the Mubende-Kakumiro-Kibaale-Kagadi road which is due to be tarmacked have faulted Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for being unfair while valuing their property and delaying to effect their compensation.

Government is in a process of compensating residents affected by the road project, but most residents complain that up to now they are unaware about their compensation and when it will be effected.

Over 200 residents from seven villages of Kibaati, Kasana B, Katwa A, Katawa, Kyaterekera, Main Street, Katwe B, Kigalagi and Bukalungi have today petitioned their Member of Parliament Ssemmulu Anthony, seeking his intervention to seek an injection in Court over the construction of this road until they are paid off.

The residents who posed land titles are worried that may end up unpaid yet properties worth billions are to be demolished, but they are reliably informed that some of their colleagues in Kagadi have received cash and contraction has kicked off.

The Mubende Municipal MP Ssemmuli Anthony said, it is mandatory for the government valuer to publically assess the level of the damage as enshrined of the road map, and threatened to court injunction until these people are paid off.

James Mwebesa from UNRA and Richard Kalema from CCCC have urged residents to remain calm and refrain from spreading false information regarding the compensation process, adding that a report about the activity would be released soon.

Kalema, CCCC’s liaison Officer says that the construction company which was awarded contract to build the road plans to establish a liaison office to receive and handle people’s complaints about the road project.

Small Scale miners in Mubende, face forced relocation for exploration and mining exercise.

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Small Scale miners in Mubende, face forced relocation for exploration and mining exercise.

The presidential directive to relocate over 50,000 small scale miners in Kitumbi, Mubende district in favor of an Investor Ms Gertrude Njuba under Gemstones International has caused fear among the miners of losing their only source of Income.

According to the cabinet meeting held at State House in Entebbe chaired by President Yoweri Museveni, the president gave an ultimatum of one week to have all the miners off the mines to pave way for Gemstone International who ministry of energy recently awarded a mining and exploration license.

Speaking to the State minister for Kampala who doubles as the woman Member of Parliament for Mubende district where these gold mines are located said, the president provided for 120 acre of land to have these local miners relocated, to allow the exploration process take-off.

Kitumbi Sub county in the greater Bukuya Constituency is Mubende’s home of Gold which has for long been drilled small scale miners who the government of Uganda terms as artisans, at mines like Kikadde, Lugongwe, Mukabadda, Kapya, Lujinji A, Lujinji B, and Lujinji C mines, with about 50,000 miners from different parts of the country who now are at risk of losing employment following the presidential directive.

Speaking to some the miners Mulyazzaawo Umaru, Mutabazi Jonathan and Nkwatirire Ismail said, this has been their only source of income after a long time searching for jobs in urban centers.

“This is the only way we have survived the unemployment scourge in the country, after mineral discovery in this area and this is the only way we have managed to sustain our families and earning a daily income. We left low paying white collar jobs and came to the mines, which has greatly changed our lives and the entire district because we also pay takes through Bukuya Sub County Officials”. Said the miners.

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In a meeting at Logongwe Gold mines, the area member of parliament Hon Michael Yiga Bukenya castigated the eviction and said, whoever is championing the it is masquerading orders of the president, but advised government to help these miners acquire mining licenses and modern equipments other than forcing them out of business.

Dr Michael Yiga Bukenya who doubles and the chairperson of the parliamentary Health Committee says, planning to evict miners in Bukuya will not only cause income bottlenecks but also poses a big threat in terms of security.

UPDF Soldiers implicated in violating people’s rights in Mubende

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UPDF Soldiers implicated in violating people’s rights in Mubende

Six villages in Butoloogo Sub County in Mubende district live under tense after UPDF officers coloured in the national army uniform starting to rape children and married women, with others engaging in stealing food from the local’s gardens and invading people with efforts to let them vacate their land.

Residents sleeping in fear are from the villages of Buyinde, Kibaragazi, Kamwaza, Kituure, Kirwanyi and Kiyungu all in the Sub Counties of Butoloogo and Madudu where a private tycoon deployed the state machinery to safe guard her land with an intent to grab the neighbors land and scaring the bibanja holders to relocate, with no support from the local authorities despite their continued efforts.

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The residents were interfacing the state minister for Kampala who doubles as Mubende district woman MP Hon Namugwanya Benny Bugembe, who was in this place for a fact finding mission in Butoloogo to ascertain the facts surrounding the grievances that for long residents lamented.

The desperate residents said, they are now nervures to the extent that they cannot carryout agricultural activities which is the only source of food, and this now pose a threat that huger is likely to suffocate the area, and children likely not at to attain education in this term as parents are in tension that cannot favor them go digging to sustain their incomes. Some of these people had planted forests bit most of them have been cut down for timber, and all this curried out by army official form Kabbamba Military Barracks in Mubende district.

Speaking to some of the victims Kiyingi George William, The major cash crops grown in these sub counties is Tobacco, maize, millet, beans and Matooke but the place is drying out at the expense of these army officials who were deployed by one know as Princes Namutebi Nnaava. Princes Nnamutebi Nnaava and one know as Ssentamu who claims to be the rightful owner of the land in question, have distances themselves from violating these people’s freedom and subjecting them to torture, saying these evil deeds are done by these officials as individuals because they were deployed for protection purposes and not to cause havoc to the local communities.

According to our findings, the army political commissar from Kabbamba Military Barracks Brig Sunday Deus has a huge chunk of land in this area, where he also deployed soldiers to safeguard his land.

However, the Hon minister Namugwanya Benny Bugembe cautioned Princes Nnaava Namutebi of facing legal implications if these violations persist.

She decried the UPDF’s existence in the areas, which work should have been done by the Uganda Police Force.

He however asked locals to keep Culm and promised for an urgent interface with the Kabamba Barracks commanders to initiate a process of withdrawing the army from this place because the deployment was unconstitutional.

The residents a tension are about 3000 and the land is about seven miles.