KABALE– Kigezi region police has cautioned village Chairpersons against distancing themselves from land disputes.
The caution comes after a team of officers from Kabale Regional Police swung in action to stop a possible bloodshed from an unsettled land wrangle at the estate of the late Mathias Kahangyire in Nyakakiika cell, Karubanda ward, Kitumba Sub-county.
The team led by the Kigezi Region Community Laison Officer ASP Enock Hatangimana rushed to the place after they were notified that one of the family members had defied court orders to halt any action on the land in question until a consensus on apportioning of the estate is reached.
The accused is Ms Alexander Lagala, a business lady and custodian of the land in contention. She is accused of attempting to sell part of the land sitting on about 7 acres after hiring a tractor to construct an access road to one of the plots that she reportedly intends to sell without consent of the other family members.
While speaking to the village council that sat at the home of the late Kahangire, ASP Hatangimana asked the village chairpersons across the region to carry out thier role coordinating with security to stop violence resulting from land wrangles, without fear or favour.
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His directive follow a complaint by the area Chairperson William Kalenzi that Ms Lagala had rejected counsel about the conflict because she was reportedly wealthier than everyone on the village committee.
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Hatangimana said it was not the first time the Kigezi Regional Police intervened in the matter stressing that they would not sit back and watch anyone taking the law into own hands.
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The Kitumba ward LC.4 female Councilor Lucia Tusiime also a grand daughter to the late Kahangire told this reporter that Lagala had assumed administration of the estate, and she was planning to sale part of the land “using money” to dodge requirements of the law.
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Our attempts to reach Lagala or her lawyer for a comment were futile, but her aide who preferred anonymity told our reporter that his boss was working in guidelines of the Ugandan law.
He said that Lagala had a court judgement that ruled in her favour as authorized by the administrator of the late Kahangire’s estate.
Meanwhile, ASP Hatangimana said that Lagala could be charged with “criminal trespass, malicious damage, or disobedience of lawful orders after completion of investigations into the matter.
He also ordered the area village chairperson to avoid signing any land sale agreement in regard to the late Kahangire’s estate until the prevailing conflict is brought to an end.