• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Dr Senfuka Wins Land Case against Bukomansimbi District Officials

UGANDA, Bukomansimbi | Real Muloodi News | The High Court of Masaka has issued an injunction that restrains Bukomansimbi District Leadership from speaking on the case between Dr David Senfuka and some locals that reside on Dr Senfuka’s land.

Dr Senfuka filed a suit against Fred Kalema, the Bukomamnsimbi Deputy Resident District Commissioner, and Fred Nyenje, the area LC V Chairperson, for inciting residents not to pay annual subscription fees (busulu) to him. The land in contention measure two square kilometres and on it is settled 600 squatters located at Budda Village, Kisojjo sub-county in Bukomansimbi District.

After the court session in which the injunction was issued by Deputy Registrar Julius Bulora, Dr Senfuka said, “My issue is not about evicting people; I don’t want animals on that land but people. Politicians have no moral authority to show me how to manage my land. I don’t need the help of an RDC because the president did not appoint him to come and check under our beds.”

He said that this injunction should be a lesson to the two district officials who had exceeded their limits.

“They should go and tell locals to pay Busulu and if they fail, it’s them that will have evicted the locals, not me. I am ready for talks and have left that window open, they should do their jobs legally not rallying Bibanja holders against us because this is our land, we shall own it in this government and after,” Dr Senfuka said.

Peter Paul Katusi, Dr Senfuka’s lawyer was happy about the issuance of the injunction because justice had been served.

“Politicians have been using their offices and platforms to malign my client in a way prejudicing his case, they were commenting in matters that affect his case. Now that court has pronounced itself on the injunction, I expect them to comply until the matter is sorted out by the court,” counsel Katusi said.

On the other hand, Joseph Ndawula, counsel for the respondents, Kalema and Nyenje were against the ruling because according to him, the deputy registrar did not consider the evidence they presented.

“The Deputy Registrar ruled out on a big case which is not allowed by law. He did not look at the evidence but what people said, and for that, we shall appeal but am first seeking my client’s consent,” counsel Ndawula said.
Nyenje however did not disagree with the ruling because according to him, it was not harsh and there was no need for alarm.

“Court has left us with our powers of patrolling the area. Our main issue was eviction but as far as paying him the annual subscription we don’t have any contestation on it,” Nyenje said.

“We are concerned about the security of our people and I want to sound a warning that no one will come from Kampala with his security operatives and evict people from land in this area. Dr Senfuka’s words are not harsh to us and I think we don’t have any problem with him,” he added.

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