20 Households evicted, huts razed in Busia District

Land row has caused eviction in many parts of the country. COURTESY PHOTO

Twenty family units in Namayenje village, Habuleke parish, Busitema Sub County in Busia district have been evicted from ‘their land’.

This comes after Ekisa George dragged the family of late Etyang Alfred to Mbale High Court challenging that the squatters were illegally staying on his land.

TND News understands that the petitioner won the case and a ruling was passed mid May 2018 to have the squatters evicted from utilizing the land.

However, the squatters defied the Court ruling, claiming ownership of the land.

On Monday, Ekisa George, Court Bailiff from Mbale and police from Busia Central Police Station forcefully evicted the 20 families. Their crop were slashed down, huts burnt down and orders issued to them to vacate the area forwith.

The evicted families had lived on the land for the past seven years.

In an interview with TND News reporter Amusugut Judith, affected families blamed Court and police for not informing them in advance.

They further noted that the land in question, too, belonged to their ancestors who offered it to them.

George Ekisa the plaintiff who won the Court case stressed that late Etyang Alfred and his children, grandchildren took advantage of using the land when his father died.

Ekisa said his late father instructed him when he was still a young boy to protect his land or he take legal action whenever necessary.

Meanwhile, Musana Samuel Egassa who’s the LC1 chairman for Namayenje village says he was surprised after receiving eviction notice on Sunday evening that eviction would take place on Monday morning.

Paul Butita the Court bailiff who led the eviction said he got orders from Mbale High Court to evict illegal squatters.

“We asked the victims early enough to vacate but they insisted and it’s why today we conducted a massive action,” Butita said.

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