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UPDF Officer Evicts Residents From Four Villages In Hoima District

Residents from four villages in Hoima district have reported a UPDF Officer to police for allegedly evicting them from their land hence rendering them homeless, chimp corps report

In a group, the locals stormed the directorate of criminal investigations department in Kibuli on Thursday and filed a compliant in which they reported a one UPDF officer identified as Lt. Ayesiga Kasimbazi for having thrown them out of their homes.

The angry mob came from Kisuuga LC1 village, Rwensambya, Rwenvuvu,Rutukuma villages in Katerega parish, Buwanika sub county in Hoima village.

Locals said that Ayesiga has been terrorizing them since 2016 until recently when he fully evicted them.

In the complaint to the general crimes unit, it is alleged that Ayesiga in April deployed a team of heavily armed military officers who destroyed homes of locals.

The action rendered at least 525 persons homeless and its alleged that he grabbed approximately 229 hectres of land.

The LC1 chairman of Kisuuga village Mr Dodovico Okumu told chimp corps that on top of breaking houses, bailiffs led by Lt.Ayesiga harvested their crops and also took their animals forcefully without compensation.

They also accuse other district technocrats for playing part in the unlawful eviction.

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Amongst them is the area district residence commissioner identified as Alali Kisembo and some members of police command in the district who they reported to the agency’s professional standards unit on file number PSU/HMA/GEF16/17.

They also said that the army officer caused arrest of some of their community members who are currently languishing in Hoima prison. They include Richard Byamukama, Charles Asiimwe and Jackson Kandole.

In the complaint, the locals also urged police management to investigate circumstances in which several of their case files disappeared from Hoima police where they first reported their ordeal.

Accordingly, files which got lost are Hoima CRB691/2016, CRB1318/2016, Butema CRB12/2017,CRB06/13/02/2017, Hoima 271/2017 and SD/01/18/02/2017.

Efforts to talk to the accused UPDF officer went futile as he did not pick up our calls.

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