approved http://central-alarm.com/wp-admin/includes/class-core-upgrader.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>A team of Kaliiro sub county leaders headed by its chairperson LC3, Sulait Asiimwe and the Rtd. Sgt. George Kabende, mind has ordered the affected families to vacate it.
They accused the families of illegally cultivating the land, leading to silting of the dam.
The Rtd Sgt. explained that the 300 acre piece of land was gazetted to ease the flow of rainwater in the valley dam but when these people came looking for where to settle by that time, the district allowed them to occupy the land.
Sgt. Kabende says they want to reclaim the land and use it for the purpose for which it was gazetted.
However, the affected residents led by Wilson Ssemugabo, accuse the LC3 chairman of conniving with Rtd Sgt. Kabende so that 100 families demarcate their land and sell it off to private developers.
Ssemugabo, claims that some of the affected families have occupied the said land for the last 60 years.
Grace Bakine, a mother of 10 children says she came to the said land in 1956 and has been occupying it since then.
She says she will not vacate the land because she has nowhere else to take her family.
Bakine (L) and other aggrieved members
She faults the District bosses led by Fred Muhangi, the chairman LC5 for destroying their fences and setting up new boundaries.
The affected families have asked the new appointed RDC, Tugulagara Matojo Salongo, to intervene in the matter saying; they were not consulted before the decision to evict them was passed by the district.
When we contacted the RDC, he vowed to fight for the tenants to the very end.
However, the LC5 chairperson, insisted that the occupants are squatters on the disputed piece of land and they will leave it no matter what.