February 23, 2024

Prime minister halts resettlement of refugees in disputed land in Kyangwali

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The prime minister of Uganda, RT Hon. Nabanja Robinah has stopped officials in charge of Kyangwali refugee settlement camp in Kikuube district from any construction work meant to relocate refuges in the disputed land located in Bukinda and Katikara villages.

According to local leaders, residents of Bukinda and Katikara villages located in Kikuube district were in 2013 directed to vacate their ancestral land to pave way for the camp expansion from 50 to 70 square miles.

They say 14 villages of Bukinda and seven villages of Katikara areas in Kasonga Parish were relocated to only 16.8 square Kilometres of land which has since been the cause of conflict.

Residents were  dismayed when  only a small section of the evictees were provided with alternative settlements leaving people from five villages stranded at a camp voluntarily provided by the local church leaders as their land was being given to refugees.

Speaking to the aggrieved residents on Saturday at Bukinda primary school in Kyangwali sub county, the Prime Minister Nabanja Robinah halted all activities being carried out in the disputed land till the president gives his guidance on the matter.

Meanwhile, Judith Nabakooba, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has promised to re-survey the disputed land to separate the land for Kyangwali settlement camp from that of the citizens.

Contradicting survey reports from the office of the Prime Minister indicate that Kyangwali which initially occupied 50 square meters currently occupies 168 square meters.

 Locals say the additional acreage is an indication of unlawful land grabbing by government.

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