Kabarole District Local Government passes resolutions stopping Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and Uganda Police Forces involvement in unlawful land evictions following an appeal from Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC)

A victim of the unlawful eviction showing journalists her destroyed property following an attempted eviction by Best KemigisaIn an effort to protect bona fide and lawful occupants on Tooro Kingdom land from unlawful evictions, Kabarole District Local Government passed 3 resolutions on the 27th of February 2015 following an appeal from TLC to the President of Uganda and the District Council to stop Tooro Kingdom collecting ground rent in excess of the set fees as per Statutory Instrument No. 55 of 2011 and Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces and Uganda Police involvement in unlawful evictions.
The district local government resolved that Uganda Police Force in Kabarole should stop providing security to Tooro Kingdom officials during evictions without court orders. The district council also passed a resolution stopping Tooro Kingdom from collecting ground rent in excess of set ground rent fees as per the Statutory Instrument No. 55 of 2011. (The land annual nominal ground rent regulations of 2011 under sections 31 and 93 of the Land Act Chapter 227)
The district council also resolved that Resident District Commissioner as head of the district security committee should prevail over Uganda Peoples Defense Force soldiers attached to Tooro Kingdom as royal guards stopping them from participating in any form of eviction in the district.
The resolutions are a response to the recent illegal evictions by Tooro King Kingdom and Queen Mother Best Kemigisa supported by Uganda Peoples Defense Force soldiers serving as royal guards and Uganda Police.
The illegal evictions have left over 20 families landless as many more face the risk of being evicted after failing to pay the unlawful ground rent contrary to Statutory Instrument No. 55 of 2011.
Tooro Kingdom as a majority land lord with the most square miles of land spreading across 7 districts of the Rwenzori region has been dragged to court over unlawful evictions following a number of unlawful evictions that have left many landless.
Twerwaneho Listeners Club welcomes the decisions of the district council stopping Tooro Kingdom from collecting ground rent in excess of set ground rent fees as per the Statutory Instrument No. 55 of 2011 as well as stopping Uganda Police Forces and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces from participating in any form of unlawful evictions in the District.
The decisions of the council are well timed to promote and defend citizens’ right to land.

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