Raising it as a matter of urgency on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, Luttamaguzi asserted that over 20,000 residents from five villages in Nakaseke South
Nakaseke South MP Semakula Luttamaguzi (black suit) with some of Nakaseke's residents at Parliament on March 8, 2017. Photo by Maria Wamala
Nakaseke South MP Paul Kasana Luttamaguzi has raised alarm about rampant land evictions in Nakaseke district.
Raising it as a matter of urgency on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, Luttamaguzi asserted that over 20,000 residents from five villages in Nakaseke South were evicted on Wednesday.
The MP said the land grabbers are powerful people connected to government because they are protected by soldiers.
The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, confirmed the reports of land grabbing in Nakaseke and asked government to immediately do take action.
"You know I own land there in Nakaseke. I recently went there and the residents told me if I don't help them by the time I go back I find them evicted. They said the land grabbers are big people," Kadaga revealed.
The state minister for finance, David Bahati, assured the house that they would immediately instruct government authorities to intervene and stop the evictions.
The Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, denied any government connection with land grabbers who are reported to have powers from above.
"We want to disown whoever is evicting people from their bibanja. The law doesn't not allow those evictions. Whoever is doing it is doing it in a criminal manner," Rukutana clarified.