Over 1700 residents of Ntawo village in Mukono Municipality have started energizing on how to confront batter Uganda Christian University(UCU) following threats from its agents threatening to remove residents from the land they have stayed for years.
In meeting, held on the village residents alleged that they have suffered with UCU agents who sometimes stopped them from constructing houses and dub them as quarters.
UCU took the matter to Land commission for intervention and recently concluded its inquiries.
Last week the Catherine Bamugemereire led Land Commission visited the village for the facts finding mission. The area Councillor Ms. Nafuna Annet said the commission was surprised to see many residents instead of the less than 50 UCU claim to know.
Justice Bamugemereire told residents after the tour, that she has known the facts and she going to look it it.
The residents are still undecided as to who is the actual land lord between UCU and family Ham Mukasa the former Kyaggwe county chief. The oppose the authenticity of the land title UCU on ground that- the authenticity of the land title after its not clear about who gave them the transfer? why the same land was issue on the three land titles to same person in different years? and the government land title digital system show another owner Mr. Kiwanuka Isaac but not UCU?
UCU and Family Mukasa are in court battle to ascertain the circumstance at which UCU obtained land title without clear consent. The land covers the entire village which almost fully occupied by the residents who bought from the bonafide and lawful occupants.
The village chairperson Male Byekwaso requested the residents to be calm and united until the rightful owner is verified.”Please remain Bibanja holders, calm and united, nobody will evict you illegally” Said Male
A number of people have fallen victims of the row with arrests, intimidation, threats and malice for opposing the illegal action against the residents who stood out to condemn UCU’s agents from oppressing the people
“I was detained for three days in custody on instruction of UCU and release without a case” said Mr. Kazibwe Peter.
The row over the land stems from 1970s but of recent the Bonafide and lawful occupants gave and some sold part of their bibanja to other people.
The Mukono Central Division chairperson Mr. Kakembo Jamil encouraged residents not to be intimidated but continue with their normal business because Mukono leadership cannot allow residents to be displaced anyhow.