• Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

Senior Police Officers in Trouble for Ignoring Widow’s Eviction Case

UGANDA, Kassanda | Real Muloodi News | Kassanda District top police officers are in hot water for ignoring widow Edry Nduhukire’s call for protection after being threatened and consequently attacked and unlawfully evicted from her home in Mannyogaseka village.

Police officers being questioned over the matter are Jaffer Magezi, the Kassanda District Police Commander and Godwin Amanya, the Officer in Charge of the Kassanda Police Post.

On the night of October 27, 2021, widow Edry Nduhukire and her eight children were attacked in their family home by machete-wielding men who forcibly evicted them from their home.

Nduhukire reported the matter to the police, but she did not receive any help. Instead, it is alleged that developer David Mugume Rwabunyoro fenced off their land.

Nduhukire, 75, inherited the disputed land (about 150 acres) from her late husband, but Mugume has since claimed ownership. In a letter written on October 30, the chairperson of Mannyogaseka sub-county, Francis Kamugisha, asked the Head of State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Col Edith Nakalema, to intervene.

“He forcefully came with a gang of people during night hours. They beat, cut and chased away the family and their workers. They reported at Mannyogaseka police post and at Kassanda, but the file was taken to Kibuli and the suspect was not arrested…,” Kamugisha wrote in the letter that prompted Col Nakalema and Dennis Namuwoza, the police deputy director for operations, to intervene.

During a meeting over the disputed land, Nduhukire said, “Mugume advised me to vacate the land in order to save my life and that of my children. The attack on my household came just a few days after the threat and although I reported to police, they took no action to protect me from the attackers.”

In statements concerning this case, Col Nakalema asked Kassanda police and Phoebe Namulindwa, the Kassanda Resident District Commissioner, to explain actions taken when Nduhukire reported the matter.

Col Nakalema said, “the State House Anti-Corruption Unit jointly with the police arrested Mugume on allegations of attempted murder. They arraigned him before court at Mubende on charges of alleged aggravated robbery, attempted murder and grievous harm and remanded to prison until December 2, 2021.”

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