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Uganda wild life authority (UWA) evicts over 2000 from Kibale national park

Over 2000 Residents of Kyabatukura zone in Kitswamba subcounty Kasese district are seeking justice following a landeviction case between them and Uganda wildlife authority Kibale conservation area.

The land in question is between Ibuga Prison and Kibale national park Kasese district that residents claim they were evicted from by Uganda wildlife authority in 2001 and gazetted it into a national park without being compensated.

According to Paul Muhindo, a victim,Residents occupied the said land since the 1960's but Kibale national park allegedly evicted them in 2001 claiming ownership destroying their properties rendering them homeless.

The evicted residents led by their chairperson Kiiza Luuka filed a court case in 2001 at Fort portal High court but up to date the case has never been handled.

Residents who had rented houses after the eviction say they no longer afford rent seeking for government intervention in pursuit for their justice.

Sasiyo Nziwa the Kitswamba sub county lands officers said various documents in his office show the land belongs to residents, an allegation that Kibale national park denies.

Esalu Edward the warden incharge Kibale National park in a phone interview explained that the land belongs to the government.

Esalu said the government earlier compensated some people and shifted to Kibale district saying the ones claiming the land could have come from another place.

In a letter dated 29th June 2020 the evictees petitioned the chief inspector of courts Kampala seeking explanation from Fort portal court for the case backlog and delayed justice a letter that was responded to on 7th July 2020 by the Judiciary directing Fort Portal Court to proceed with the case.


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