Masindi district security committee has given one week to the people who have settled on Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) land in Kimengo Sub County to vacate it.
This was during a meeting of the district security committee led by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Godfrey Nyakakuma held at the land in Myeba Nyakarongo village on Tuesday.
This comes after hundreds of people had constructed makeshift structures and started several businesses opposite the gate of former Ziwa ranch that was taken over by Kinyara Sugar Limited for sugarcane growing in order to tap from the activity.
Nyakahuma accused the residents of defying last week’s directive by the minister for Bunyoro affairs Earnest Kiiza that stopped them from constructing more structures on the land that prompted the minister for finance, planning and economic development Matia Kasaija to write to him and directed him to evict the people from the land to allow the investors develop it.
He revealed that the district security committee had closed the gate to the sugarcane plantation and shifted it to Kimengo trading center and that Kinyara Sugar was working on the road to the new gate.
He warned that those who will not have vacated the land by Monday will be evicted by force.
The RDC who is also the head of the security in the district revealed that all those who had constructed structures on the land should vacate it by Monday next week adding that the investors will on the same day start the process of compensating the people who had structures earlier on the land and later begin developing the land.
Speaking during the same meeting, Major General Samuel Okiding asked the residents to comply with the minister’s directive by voluntarily vacating the land to avoid being evicted by the security organs.
However the residents asked the security committee to talk to the investors so that they can allow them to stay on their land while other requested for more time to shift their businesses from the land.
But the RDC told the residents that his committee does not have the powers to change the minister’s directive and advised them to write to him or the prime minister for redress.
However some residents accused the area local council one chairperson of conning them by taking money from them to allocate them land on behalf of government. Some of them vowed not to leave the land until their money is refunded.
The residents claimed that they paid between 100,000 and 600,000 shillings to the chairperson for the plots where they constructed their structures.
However the RDC advised those who paid for the plots to the chairperson to open cases against him at the police
The chairperson did not attend the meeting and his known phone number was off at the time we filed this story.