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Banyoro celebrate land boards case victory

By Ismael Kasooha

Added 5th August 2017 12:53 PM

Solomon Muhumuza, the head of operations in BUKITAREPA said that this judgment is a major step to rescue the indigenous Banyoro

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Banyoro matching at Kagadi freedom tree after police barred them from moving through Kagadi town. Photo by Ismael Kasooha

Solomon Muhumuza, the head of operations in BUKITAREPA said that this judgment is a major step to rescue the indigenous Banyoro

The indigenous Banyoro have begun region-wide celebrations for winning the first phase of the High Court land case where they had dragged seven district land boards to court and the judgment was in their favour.

The Banyoro were represented by Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency (BUKITAREPA) that is fighting to rectify historical injustices committed against the Banyoro by the colonial government and the successor administrations.

Solomon Muhumuza, the head of operations in BUKITAREPA said that this judgment is a major step to rescue the indigenous Banyoro from oppression and marginalization.

“This court judgment is very important in our quest to secure freedom for the indigenous Banyoro who have suffered since colonial times,” said Muhumuza.

He said that the step so far reached is worth celebrating and that is why the Banyoro have begun partying.

Muhumuza appealed to other Banyoro who have not been supporting the noble cause to join hands for the good of the indigenous people.

The hundreds of Banyoro who turned up for the celebrations at Kagadi freedom tree in Kagadi town were excited over the high court verdict. However the police barred them from holding a procession in Kagadi town but they decided to match within the venue of the function.

Resty Ndora chairperson BUKITAREPA Kiryanga sub county told New Vision that she feels relieved because what they have been fighting for has been realized.

“I want to thank the NRM government that brought here the rule of law where marginalized Banyoro can also seek redress and their concerns are heard and determined,” said Ndora.

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