Kasese RDC accused of exacerbating land wrangles between the cattle keepers and cultivators in Kabukero.

By Our Reporter

Farmers in Kasese have accused the office of the RDC for exacerbating land wrangles between the cattle keepers and cultivators in Kabukero, Karusandara sub-county.

In August last year, the Kasese RDC, Lt. Joe Walusimbi halted all activities on the contested piece of land to prevent conflicts and fighting between the Bakonzo and Basongora communities. 

This followed renewed clashes among the two groups that left at least nine people injured and more than 10 cows damaged.

Now, the group accuses the area RDC and his deputy of allowing “unknown people” into the land and failing to intervene in the matter despite their repeated calls. 

They say they have been at the RDC’s office seeking readdress on the issue but often they are never listened to nor even promised that the authorities will address the matter. 

Gideon Bwambale, a farmer in the area accuses the leaders for conniving with pastoralists to continue grazing their cattle from the land even when all activities were banned. 

Richard Asiimwe, the Kabukero LC1 says that after the last year’s clashes, they sat with district leaders and agreed that the land be left free until the matters are resolved.

However RDC Walusimbi refutes the allegations saying they have maintained the status quo for non-use of the land until the matter is resolved. 

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