Double jeopardy as former Kaweeri Coffee Plantation limited evictees face land eviction once again from where they were settled

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By witnessradio.org Team

Less than two decades, former Kaweeri Coffee Planation limited evictees who were settled on Block 168, plots 22 and 23 Kanseera word, East Division, Mubende district are being evicted again by a local businessman.

The 300 people are part of over 4000 victims who were violently evicted from their land in the villages of Kitemba, Luwunga, Kijunga and Kiryamakobe, Mubende district on August 18, 2001 by Ugandan army and police on behalf of Kaweeri Coffee Planation limited. Kaweeri Coffee Plantation Ltd is a full subsidiary of the German Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) based in Hamburg

Kaweesi Swaibu, 70 who’s part of the 300 claims that he was a resident of Kitemba village, Maduddu Sub County on Block 91, plot 1 before the Kaweeri eviction. “i was resettled by one Emmanuel Kayiwa Bukoo who claimed to be the landlord of our former land. I was given five (5) acres of land on Block 168, Plot 22/23 which totals to 322.5 Hectares.

He explained that before he accepted to be resettled, his former landlord (Kayiwa) claimed  that he was the rightful owner of that land and assured them of security from another eviction.

Federesi Madina, 68 Years, claims she was compensated with three(3) acres of land after her land was forcefully taken by Kaweeri Coffee Plantation Ltd to grow coffee. “I was surprised to hear that there are three people claiming ownership of our land. I signed documents accepting the offer but I am being evicted, why should I be displaced in my own country? Asked  Federesi.

Businessman Kawesi George a resident of Mityana said he bought 322.5 hectares on Block 168, Plot 28 from one Swaibu Lubega Wagwa and he wants what he called trespassers to voluntarily vacate his land, which he wants to use for his business.

Emmanuel Bukoo Kayiwa, said he entered into agreement with some of the Kaweeri evictees from Block 91 plot 1 after he rightfully acquired  land on Block 168, Plot 22, 23 and 28 Mubende District Land Board. “I am shocked to hear that someone else has a title on the same land. Why would a public office issue more than one title on the same land” Asked Kayiwa.

All natives facing eviction from the said land, lost their original land to Kaweeri Coffee Plantation Limited two decades ago.