President’s son-in-law Rwabwogo in Kiruhura land wrangle,Angry resident uproots his fence.
There is tension in Mugore Nyabushozi Kiruhura district western Uganda after residents on Monday Jan 27,2020 stormed Kiruhura district police headquarters, prompting police to release their fellow who had allegedly uprooted a fence erected on orders of President Museveni’s son-in-law Mr Odrek Rwabwogo.
A one Sam Titwe Rugabo is said to have used a panga and other tools to dismantle the fence after community outcry, criticizing Rwabwogo for fencing off the land that is access to the road and entrusting one neighbor with a gate key, an act that hampered their activities including milk supply hence sparking fire in the whole village before the wrangle almost attracted whole district’s attention late last year.
Sam was arrested on Monday,prompting Mugore residents (after President Musveni’s village) to mobilize and walk to Kiruhura district headquarters forcing police to release their ‘hero’ Sam facing charges of Malicious damage and Trespass.
‘Rwabwogo has threatened me that I might lose my job because he knows my bosses,’ Sam said.
Rwabwogo can be quoted by media, maintaining that he legitimately owns the land because he bought it.
It all started last year when the church wrote to him warning him that he had encroached on its land, fencing it off with the community road, and they have since then expressed worry as he can use money to influence authorities.
This land wrangle has been on for the last 16 years since Rwabwogo fenced it and in September 2019, Mugore Church of Uganda authorities revealed how they weren’t contented with him grabbing part of church land. He decided to buy it but the diocese has now reportedly turned down his deal.
Story by Editorial,Aaron Ainomugisha https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3