• Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

UGANDA, Wakiso | Real Muloodi News | A resident of Lutembe village in Wakiso District, Mr Ismail Lukoda Ssekandi, is accusing police operatives of abducting him and threatening his life because he refused to sell his boss’ land.

Mr Ssekandi is in charge of 56 acres of land in Wakiso, on behalf of Ezra Ghebrengus, a Eritrean business person who leases the land.

On October 10, Mr Ssekandi says he was abducted and detained at Kira Police Station without explanation. He also reveals that the day he was detained, unknown people started construction on the land.

“One of my neighbours called me that there were people who wanted to meet me. When I came, I was grabbed and dragged into a drone (Toyota Hiace). I was moved around different places in Kampala until in the evening when I was detained at Kira road police station.” said Mr Ssekandi.

Mr Ssekandi says problems with the property began in March when encroachers planted bananas on six acres of the land in the night.

Mr Ssekandi reported the matter to the police, after which the police arrested one encroacher, Ahmed Kaweesi. It is alleged Mr Kaweesi revealed he trespassed on the land because someone told him the owner didn’t have the land title and he thought he could get a piece.

“I was informed that this land has no title, and I thought I would take part in it. I request for forgiveness because I have now known this land belongs to someone. I promise never to trespass on this land again,” Kaweesi’s statement reads.

According to Mr Ssekandi, more problems surfaced during the second lockdown in June. Mr Ssekandi says the trespassers returned and forced him to sign a document claiming he had given them access to 50 acres of land, while he remained with six acres.

“They wrote an agreement on a piece of paper and asked me to sign. I signed because I knew I would be killed since my boss could not come because they had banned flights. They left and warned me never to say anything or else I would see their wrath,” said Mr Ssekandi.

Mr Ssekandi warned prospective buyers that they were buying fake land. This prompted the trespassers to abduct him for frustrating their efforts to sell the 50 acres.

After returning from South Sudan, Mr Ssekandi’s boss learned of his plight and released him from the Kira Police custody. They then filed a case at CID’s Land Protection Police Unit (LPPU) – case reference CID HQRS LLPU GEF 247/2021.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Police-ASP Charles Twine, the CID Spokesperson, Ezra and Mr Ssekandi’s case is currently under investigation.

He added that all enquiries about the land at the land ministry hold true to Ezra and Mr Ssekandi’s story. Ezra genuinely holds the 56 acres in question.

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