By Chris M Bruno
KIBAALE: The Kibaale Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Godwin Angalia Kasigwa, has halted the eviction of five families from a contested piece of land located in Nyabusojo village in Kabasekende Sub County Kibaale district by a tycoon.
The affected families include one for a widow Resty Namatovu, Bazaara Yesero, Gerald Musoke, John Kafuka and Fred Kikomeko who claim to have been living on the land measuring approximately 50 acres, for more than 50 years.
It is alleged that, a tycoon identified as Asaba Rusoke Pasikali a former branch manager Stanbic Bank, Bwamiramira Branch claims to be the rightful owner of the said land and that he owns its land title.
It is also reported the tycoon over the last weekend deployed his employees who began to clear the victim’s crops and they reportedly beat up and threatened to harm some of the people who attempted to confront them leaving victims in panic.
This prompted the intervention of the RDC Angalia who convened a crisis meeting at Nyabusojo trading center on Wednesday, in which the victims asked for the leader’s rescue and investigated how the tycoon titled their land.
Gerald Musoke, one of the affected families says he was beaten from his garden by the masked men who were clearing the land for cultivation as he tried to inquire about who they are and where they had come from.
It’s alleged that Musoke secured the said land in 1993 from an absentee landlord late Kirongozi Muganda from Luweero district.
However, RDC Angalia has ordered that all the human activities on the disputed land be put to halt immediately and that the affected families officially write to his office, further directed the accused tycoon to produce evidence of land ownership by Friday this week.
We couldn’t get a comment from Asaba Rusoke Pasikali by the time of publication.