President Yoweri Museveni has continued his nationwide campaign to explain the proposed constitutional amendments on land laws, warning land grabbers and extortionists on radios.
Kicking off his #M7OnLand campaign in Kigezi on Monday where he stung opposition politicians for ‘telling lies’ to the effect that the proposed land bill was meant to help government grab the people’s land.
On Tuesday, Museveni took his tour to Mbarara and named a number of extortionists who had blocked government projects by overvaluing their land.
Appearing on Voice of Tooro radio station in Fort Portal on Wednesday night, Museveni warned Best Kemigisa, the Queen Mother of Tooro kingdom monarch Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, against carrying out illegal land evictions.
Callers had told Museveni that the Queen mother had evicted them.
Kemigisa is notorious among locals in Kitumba and Kidukuru for evicting families using Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers attached to the security detail of King Oyo.
In 2016, the powerful and well-connected queen mother threatened to evict over 70 families from a 25-acre piece of land in Kitumba to pave way for a school project.
Tooro elders have also failed to stop Kemigisa. Under their umbrella body, Isaazi lyAbaantu Bakuru Ba Tooro, the elders petitioned the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led Land Probe Commission to rein in on the queen mother.
“The law is very clear; no one should be evicted from their land. That person (Kemigisa) should stop,” Museveni responded.
Museveni then directed the local leaders to rein on Kemigisha.
“It’s good you have told me who is evicting people from their land. This should stop and the leaders in the district should take note and do something.”
The president also spoke on the controversial leasing of crater lakes where Kabarole district local government in 2015 leased 20 crater lakes to Ferdsult Engineering Services Limited to restock them with fish. The locals in Kichwamba sub-county would block the lease in the Fort Portal High court.
In response, Museveni said: “The fishermen have been using the lakes for a long time, they should have been consulted before restocking started. I don’t see any problem with both parties sitting to find an amicable solution”, Museveni said.