Masindi District Internal Security Officer (DISO) Lt Alex Otiti has been arrested over the land dispute in Kitwetwe village in Miirya Sub County, Masindi district.
The land in question is 23 sqaures miles located in the three villages of Kitwetwe, Kinuuma and Bishenyi in Masindi district and part of it in the sub county of Masindi port in Kiryandongo district.
Lt Otiti was arrested yesterday on orders of the head of state house anti-corruption unit Lt Col Edith Nakalema during a meeting with the residents who were evicted from the land that was held at State house.
The meeting attended by residents, followed their petition to the president’s office following the destruction of their property including houses and crops by graders belonging to Kiryandongo Sugar that were ploughing the land belonging to Rujab Agriculture Limited based in Kenya.
The petitioners cited including destruction of their property, buttering and detention for long among other cases of mistreatment.
Masindi district chairperson CosmasByaruhanga who was among leaders from the district chairperson told our reporter last evening that during the meeting that was chaired by Lt Col Nakalema,the over 60 petitioners presented their concerns that prompted Nakalema to order for Otiti’s arrest accusing him of failure to protect the people from mistreatment.
Cosmas added that the army officer informed the director General of Internal Security Organization(ISO) about Otiti’s arrest before ordering six other people including Masindi Officer in charge crimes Frank Tankovu to records statements so that they can also be investigated on the same issue.
Cosmas also revealed that during the meeting it was resolved that all the files of the people who were arrested from the land be recalled and heard by Masindi court,Kiryandongo Sugar stops any further activity on the land and a meeting of various heads of government agencies be held on the land soon to resolve the matter that is causing insecurity in the district.
However we could not independently verify the reports as we could not reach Lt Col Nakalema on the matter.
Masindi Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Godfrey Nyakahuma also could not answer calls at the time of filing this story.