National
The corrupt are behind eviction of peasants – MuseveniPublish Date: Feb 27, 2013
The corrupt are behind eviction of peasants – Museveni
  • mail
  • img
President Museveni held a press conference at his country home in Rwakitura on Tuesday to address the issue of evictions. PHOTO/Enock Kakande
newvision

By Raymond Baguma

President Yoweri Museveni has issued a stern warning that anyone who connives to evict peasants illegally from their land will face criminal prosecution.

President Museveni held a press conference at his country home in Rwakitura, specifically to re-affirm his order stopping all eviction of peasants from their land.

Museveni first communicated his directive on February 22, in a statement that was  exclusively published in full in New Vision on Monday February 25.

Museveni on Tuesday reaffirmed that the Government had made a decision  to halt all evictions involving peasants and  anybody found engaging in evictions will be prosecuted.

He blamed the ongoing evictions on developers, who have recently amassed wealth dubiously through corrupt practices and have contempt for the peasants.

He said the Land Act 2008 amendment criminalises eviction of tenants from their land and sets a prison term of seven years for whoever is found guilty of evicting people illegally. He noted that most of the evictions are reported in the central region of Uganda.

“We are not going to allow eviction and the law is there. We made it criminal. The State had to come in to the side of bibanja  owners. We shall prosecute you,” a tough-talking Museveni said during a press conference he called at his country home in Rwakitura Tuesday evening.

What he says is that developers collude with local leaders, resident district commissioners, the Police and army personnel to evict the voiceless peasants who are often times ignorant.

“All evictions are halted. There will be no more evictions, especially in rural areas. If anybody involves himself in the evictions, he will be handled severely according to the 2008 Land Act."

He said if people’s property such as land is interfered with, this affects  the Government’s plan to see that Uganda progresses and prospers.

Government would not defend those who encroach on other people’s land, so aggrieved land owners are advised to file complaints in courts of law and said the Government would help them to evict encroachers and make them compensate for damages on the land.

The President named a team headed by minister Idah Nantaba and includes Wakiso district MP Rosemary Ssenninde, Deborah Asasira, Mulinde Mukasa Kintu, a representative from the Ministry of Justice, the Police and the army.

He said the team will go to areas returning people illegally evicted, back to their bibanja. He said those illegally evicted will be assisted by the Government to go back to their bibanja and also warned that nobody should encroach on the Government lands such as forest reserves, wetlands and government ranches.

Present at the press conference were lands, housing and urban development minister Daudi Migereko, state minister for lands Idah Erios Nantaba and the permanent secretary of the lands ministry Gabindadde Musoke.

In a separate interview, Nantaba said the President’s declaration was a milestone that will enhance her efforts to stop evictions in the country.

She, however, blamed the Police for siding with land grabbers and protecting them during evictions. Nantaba said priority would be given to areas that are experiencing land wrangles, which include Buganda region, Sebei (Kapchorwa) as well as the northern region.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Agric ministry needs sh785b for seeds
PROVISION of seeds and other planting and breeding materials to farmers as envisaged by government will be hampered if government does not provide Sh785b to the Ministry of Agriculture...
MPs block sh9bn banana project budget
MPs on the Parliament’s committee on finance have declined to approve sh9bn meant for the operations of the Presidential initiative on banana industrial development...
Education budget up 10%
THE Budget for the education sector has increased by 10%, according to the education minister Jessica Alupo...
No Ebola in Uganda - Govt
ALTHOUGH no Ebola case has been confirmed in Uganda, Government has intensified screening of travelers coming into the country at Entebbe Airport and other border posts...
Date set for Kashaka bail hearing
THE Court of Appeal has set August 18, 2014 on which to hear an application in which former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government...
Over 1 million to attend 2nd KCCA festival
Kampala Capital City Authority has organized a second city festival slated for October 5, 2014. Over 1 million people are expected to attend the biggest Street City party in East Africa....
Should private schools and institutions be given tax exemption?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter