Ray of hope as Rwamutonga Evictees Return to their Land.


Over 225 families returned to their  land on 3rd March 2017 after over two years of suffering following an irregular eviction that left them homeless. Since August 2014, the families have been held up in an Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camp without access to education, food, health facilities among others essentials of life. Following various interventions by CRED, including engagements with Rwamutonga affected people such as giving them legal advisory services and representation in Courts of law, psychosocial support. helping them petition relevant authorities and advocacy support, the people were able to take a step foward and returned to their land. the incident was a result of mounting pressure on Robert Bansigaraho - one of the disputes land title owners through court that he conceded, entered in to an MOU with the affected people and handed back some of he land he had acquired fraudulently. To ensure the Rwamutonga people are safe and protected from being evicted again, the people, with the help of CRED and Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament, Hon. Daniel Muheirwe, sought the intervention of the Office of the Prime Minister.  On the 6th March 2017, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Rt Gen Moses Ali wrote to the Regional Police Commander, Albertine directing the status quo to be maintained; that it was wrongful to evict the displaced people again as there are other matters before court pending final disposal.

Rural Electrification Agency finally compensates the residents of Kabwoya sub county - Hoima District .


In May 2016 during a community meeting, CRED team received complaints from locals in Kisaru/Nyaigugu village kimbugu parish, Kabwoya Sub County – Hoima district against Rural Electrification Agency (REA). It was reported that REA had laid electric lines on peoples land and in the process destroyed properties but had neither consulted nor compensated the land owners along the stretch in Kabwoya sub counties. Upon further investigation, it was found that the RDC had been called upon to intervene in this matter but had not helped the residents. On 17th May, CRED organized a meeting for the aggrieved community members and a representative of REA was invited to the meeting. The official informed locals that they were going to be compensated soon which did not come to pass. On 5th July 2016, CRED wrote to the institution head office in Kampala highlighting the issues community had raised reminding them of their constitutional mandate of compensating all the affected community members before possession of the land. CRED followed up the issue with REA at their Head office engaging relevant officials to effect the compensation. Eventually, REA finally fully paid the affected community members in December 2017, totaling to more than one hundred (100) individuals and this brought this matter to a close. In his own words, the LC III chairperson of Kabwoya said: “… Thank you CRED for intervening in this matter. I went to the RDC to complain about the activities of REA but was not helped. My people have today been paid and are appreciative of the work of CRED…”

Successful mediation of land dispute between the church and a one Byaruhanga Zerbaberi .


CRED together with a partner intervened in a protracted land dispute involving Kisaaru church of Uganda under Kigaaya Archdeaconry and the family of Mr. Byaruhanga Zeribaberi.   Byaruhanga Zeribaberi has utilized Kisaaru church land since 27th October 1977 without any interference. In 1999, the church wrote a letter and asked him to leave. He refused and instead continued utilizing the six acres claimed by the Church for cultivation of maize, cassava and sugarcane. He claimed proprietary interests in the land as a bonafide occupant. The conflict escalated when some church members reportedly destroyed his crops and instead planted eucalyptus trees. On 3rd October 2015, the church leadership approached CRED for assistance in resolving the land dispute.    CRED and Transparency International lead the mediation process. After a protracted negation, the warring parties agreed that Byaruhanga and family utilize the suit land for the next 5 years undisturbed and thereafter vacate without any further claims. A Settlement Agreement was signed marking the conclusive resolution of this divisive land conflict in the village.

Successful mediation of family dispute in Hoima district.


Ms. Jackline Tukwasibwe, a mother of 11, lives in Rusoona, Igwanjura, Kabwoya, Hoima district. For long, Tukwasibwe had been having running battles with her husband Christopher Kasigazi who chased her out of her house with children and married a second wife. Her husband also wanted to take advantage of their absence to sell the family land for personal gains. Tukwasibwe, whose father’s home is a few meters away from her marital home was tipped off and objected to the deal. She reported the case to Kabwoya police but later abandoned it as she did not have money to follow it up. She lost hope of regaining her matrimonial property and resorted to digging other people’s gardens in exchange for food to feed her children. In July 2015, Tukwasibwe approached CRED and narrated her ordeal. CRED mobilized the local leaders, community paralegals and sought a mediation of the dispute. The husband was not cooperative until July 2016. During the mediation, Tukwasibwe’s husband was directed to give her and children land for cultivation and their house back. In the end, an agreement was reached and the husband agreed to subdivide the land to cater for the children and their mother and another portion for him. An agreement was drafted by CRED paralegals and local council authorities and signed by both parties.  As a result of this intervention, Tukwasibwe regained her land, which she cultivates to look after her children. She has put up a new structure for herself and the children. In Tukwasibwe’s own word: “I can’t thank CRED and their community paralegals enough! If it wasn’t their efforts, my children and I would be homeless. I pray that CRED brings sensitization in our village so that more women like me can benefit and demand for their land rights.”

Local people in Nebbi district paid compensation arrears.


CRED supported individuals affected by Total drilling operations in Ganda parish, Panyimur Sub County, Nebbi District. The individuals are customary owners who had claims against Total for low compensation rates, delayed payments, not fully being compensated and non-restoration of their land among others. Following the locals’ complaints, CRED approached and engaged Total E

Successful mediation of a Land dispute in Hoima district.


CRED helped a community in Rusoona village, Igwanjura parish, Kabwoya Sub County to end a simmering land conflict. A historical family in the village had started on a process of registering the entire village land (about 600 acres) with the view of obtaining a certificate of title. This was being done secretly and would have disenfranchised about 300 households that are resident in the village. However, upon sensitization from CRED, some of the members of the village started on a process of registering their own parcels of land. It is at this point that they were advised that the family of a one Kaseregenyi was taking steps to have the entire village registered in their names. The local community under the leadership of the LC1 Chairperson, Jackson Kyarugahe sought the support of CRED. CRED advised the community and supported them to lodge a caveat forbidding registration of this land. This is by way of ordinary letter to the District Land Board. The community followed suit and copied the letter to other stakeholders including the Resident District Commissioner, LC V Chairperson and other stakeholders. Upon this action, the Kaseregenyi family sought an out of court settlement of the matter. Both parties in the conflict sought the support of CRED to resolve the dispute. CRED conducted several mediation meetings leading to the final result – agreement of settlement of dispute in principle.CRED organized over 5 mediation meetings between the Kaseregenyi family and the local community. CRED paralegals on the ground also played a day-to-day role in managing the conflict. CRED also worked together with the LC 3 chairperson of Kabwoya sub County, Francis Mukooto to make the role of CRED known to the leaders. The office of the RDC was also supportive to this process. At some point, violence erupted when enraged community members attempted to lynch a surveyor that was seen heading to the Kaseregenyi family. The police was called in, and the RDC visited the village to cool tempers. Despite the violence, CRED managed to bring the conflicting parties back on the negotiating table.                           At the last negotiating meeting held on 5th March 2015, the parties agreed in principle to end the conflict. The family indicated that it was to give up any land claims for land that is not occupied by family members on condition that the local people pay them Uganda shillings two million as a good gesture to the Kaseregenyi family. The community on the other hand offered Uganda shillings Five hundred thousand to the family. The community leadership undertook to mobilize the community members to contribute to this process. CRED is considering organizing another meeting where the two positions will be reconciled and a memorandum of understanding signed. In principle, the Kaseregenyi family has given up any claims for the land and reduced it to a token of good gesture. 

CRED helps a woman to regain her land.


  Joan Mbabazi a resident of Bujumbura East LC 1, Hoima Municipality was thrown off her land by her former husband Ayesiga Nelson. She approached CRED lawyers at a legal aid activity organized at NAVODA offices, in Hoima town. With tears in her eyes, she narrated her ordeal.  Her grandmother Ntazeeta Dorothy bequeathed her land. In the happy days of her marriage to Nelson, they constructed a house on the land as a couple. When the marriage broke down, she was sent away from the house. She later learnt that her former husband sold the property to Tumwesige Yonasani, who was aware of her interest in the property. She did not consent to the sale. She reported   the matter to the LC 1 but no action was taken. Nelson and Yonasani threatened to harm her if she did not give up on the land. Due to the increase in value of land in the Albertine region, many women and girls face similar challenges. Many have been left landless especially widows. After a fruitless endeavor to solicit for help from local Authorities, Joan Mbabazi sought assistance from CRED. CRED assigned a lawyer who invited Nelson to explain his case. He did not deny the facts but requested for an amicable resolution of the matter. However, Yonasani insisted that he was the rightful owner of the land. CRED supported Mbabazi Joan to file Civil Suit No. 023 of 2016 against Ayesiga Nelson and Tumwesige Yonasani in the Chief Magistrate’s Court of Hoima on 9th March 2016. On 23rd March 2016, the defendants filed a Written Statement of Defense through their lawyers Mwebaza and Co. Advocates. The case was then fixed for hearing on the 3rd of May 2016 before the Grade I Magistrate Hoima. As is the practice in court, the presiding Magistrate referred the case to a mediator, Reverend Kitalibara John. Both parties appeared before the mediator. After two successive mediation sessions, the parties reached an agreement. The consent agreement recognized the interest of Joan as the owner of the land while Yonasani was recognized as the owner of the building on the land. The parties further agreed that to disentangle the interests of Joan from those of Yonasani, the latter needed to buy the land at a cost of Uganda Shillings Five Million (5,000,000/=), which was to be paid within a year from the date of agreement. In the meantime, Joan was to be given a room in the premises until payment in full. On the other hand, Nelson agreed to pay shillings Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand Only (2,700,000/=) to Joan so that she can equally benefit from her efforts. This consent was endorsed and put before the Magistrate who entered Judgment on the same.  Ayesiga Nelson is repentant, while Tumwesige Yonasani grudgingly signed the agreement.

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