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Minister Mayanja directs authorities to apprehend rowdy youths who destroyed people’s crops, killed animals in Mukono

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Lands State Minister Hon Sam Mayanja has directed authorities in Mukono to take swift and immediate actions, and apprehend a section of unruly youths who destroyed people’s gardens in Mukono.

The land where these grievous actions took place is located at Kirangira sub-county and houses St. Luke’s Church of Uganda Kirangira in Mukono Municipality.

On May 16, shortly after Minister Mayanja held a locus visit on this land, a group of rowdy youths descended on the land and destroyed people’s plantations and killed animals as well.

“I learnt that people’s gardens and farms have been invaded by unruly crowds claiming that I had ordered the destruction of the Church building, the takeover of bibanja’s from landlords,” he said

Adding,  “My information is that people’s plantations have been occupied by strangers, and that they are cutting and destroying people’s gardens, killing their animals and eating them on land whose locus I never visited and was never on my itinerary or meeting the parties regarding conflicts on that land,” he said in the statement,

What exactly happened

In a press statement dated May 20, Minister Mayanja explained what happened that day.

Following recipients of multiple petitions last year, Mr Mayanja on May 16 after notifying the Mukono Resident District Commissioner Ms Fatuma Ndibasa held three locus visits with this one inclusive.

The dispute on this land is between the Church which is the landlord and a section of Bibanja holders who protest the former’s forceful and illegal eviction.

“This land dispute was brought to my office earlier by commissioner RDC Secretariat Buganda Central Region Mr. Mbagadhi Frederick Nkayi vide his letter dated 9th September 2023 wherein he requested for my intervention,” he said

On reaching the land, he said that he heard the issue between the Bibanja holders led by one Godfrey Kasango who was accusing the Church led by Rev. Kityo Rogers of demolishing his house in September last year.

Kasango told the Minister that he reported the case of malicious damage, criminal trespass and forceful entry on MKNCRV number: 379/2024 namely, but the latter did not help him.

“At the locus I directed that Mr Kasango whose house Rev Kityo had allegedly destroyed and the other Bibanja complaints whose houses, plantations and crops had been destroyed to make way for construction of a Church building without even a court order, should put together a single petition and submit it to me by Wednesday 22nd May 2024,” he said,

Adding, “That on receipt of that petition I would invite the Church of Uganda Mukono Discoes for a dialogue with a view to arrive at a win-win position….and those who violet that right should be arrested and charged according to law,”

Mayanja further directed that the status quo should meanwhile be maintained but the private armed guards posted by Rev Kityo be disarmed and removed immediately.

In a statement, Minister Mayanja said that he was shocked to learn that a section of rowdy youths descended on the land and unlawful demonstrations with chaos started shortly after his departure.

 “I categorically deny that during my locus visit I ever directed anybody to take the law into their own hands. The law must take its course against those behind the reported chaos and those involved,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister also held other locus visits where he resolved different land disputes; including in Nakoosi Village-Nakisunga Subcounty where a one Stephen Bwete had sold land located on plot 150 Block 221 at Kakuba belonging to the Bampadde family to a one Mr Satya who also bought well knowing that he was entering into a fraudulent transaction.

Another one was Luga Namukonkomi Estate in Namukonkomi Village, where the administrators of the Kityo Omusamba including Mr Henry Semujju and Ms Sylvia Namata complained to his office that officials from the Mukono land office (MZO) had created freehold titles on their land amounting to 780.11 acres.

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