15th December, 2017
The Mbarara District Chairman Capt. JB Tumusiime Bamuturaki has finally challenged the River Rwizi lane complainants that whatever they are doing is wastage of their time and resources because they must not expect to be compensated if they get evicted from those lands.
Tumusiime said these while speaking to our Reporter today after the council meeting at the district head quarters where councilors resolved to put committees that are going to sensitize and monitor the encroachers of River Rwizi.
Tumusiime’s Reaction follows the petition of this group of people under their umbrella organization as Mbarara Rwizi Community for Conservation Development who have extended their concern and petitioned to the speaker of Parliament Rabecca Kadaga. This has been made yesterday 14th December 15, 2017 where they handed over their Petition and some land documents to Kadaga for verification.
A group of more than twenty people on the same day of Thursday 14th appeared in the parliament where the speaker recognized them while seated in the Parliament gallery after the speaker had received their petition. The hearing of their petition was postponed until further notice.
But when JB heard about the information that the other group went on and petitioned to Kadaga seeking for compensation, now he has turned up and sworn that whatever they have tried in, they should forget to be compensated on a government land. “All lands that are surrounding River Rwizi in some few meters from the River according to NEMA’s measurements are Government lands. Therefore whoever that his or her land is demarcated must not expect compensation from the government” chairman Tumusiime stated.
He also warned a group of people who have engaged in uprooting the erected pillars that were put in demarcated lands around R. Rwizi, that once one is caught must be taken to court.