Kiryandongo Family Wants Bamugemereire to Eject Gen Tumwine from Their Land
Family: We Acquired Land in 1997
When security minister Gen Elly Tumwine appeared before the Catherine Bamugemereire land commission on Wednesday, he told reporters that he had been summoned to help deal with land thieves in Kiryandongo district.
“There are some criminals in Kiryandongo. The commission will handle them,” he told reporters.
“There was, in papers, mud smearing allegations about some land issue. Some criminals are taking advantage of the justice system and that’s what I explained.”
But on August 9, a family from Kiryandongo appeared before the commission accusing the minister of stealing their land.
“We already have the case year against Gen Tumwine and the Indian. We came to inform the commission to call him to explain how we are criminals or thieves,” said Wilson Tugume, a family member.
“The land is ours. The title is for our father the late John Karegyeya. He got the title in 1997.”
The commission is now faced with another land grabbing case, involving a senior military and government official.
The high and mighty in government, military, police and private sector have been accused of grabbing land.
Tumwine, the man who shot the first bullet that kicked off the five-year war that brought President Yoweri Museveni, and the minister supposed to secure Ugandans will now have to deal with allegations that he grabbed land.
The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) representative, and also an artist, is not new to controversy.
He stands accused of grabbing Nommo gallery in Kampala.
It is this man that a commission instituted by the president will have to deal with as more land grabbing cases come up in the commission.
Already, there are claims that Gen Tumwine has harassed the family accusing him of grabbing their land.
Tugume claimed that some of the family members are nursing gun shot wounds.
The Pearl Times could not readily verify this claim but the powerful in Uganda are known to use violence to steal from the poor.