Gomba, Uganda | THE INDEPEDENT | 10 people have been arrested for alleged murder in Gomba district. Their arrest follows violent land clashes that left one person dead and five others injured.
Last week, angry residents of Buwanguzi village in Mpenja sub county attacked a group of surveyors led by the landlord David Matsiko. It is alleged that the chaos ensued after the residents received information that a group of people had come to survey their land to evict them.
According to police, more than 10 residents armed with machetes and sticks attacked the group leaving Daniel Mugabi, a surveyor dead and injuring five others including Matsiko.
The Katonga Regional Police Spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe said the 10 suspects were arrested on Monday. She said that the police have preferred charges of murder, attempted murder and assault.
Those arrested include; Celesio Musiitwa, Aidah Nabiryo, Ronald Kiyingi, Christine Malinga, Derrick Ssebaggala, Florence Nanyondo, Ismael Mutebi, Kasibante and Buwanguzi village vice chairman Musisi.
According to Tumushabe, the land measuring about 102 acres has always been under dispute.
The residents say that the land belongs to Ndereya Nume but was claimed by Hasifah Nabawanda who in turn sold it to Matsiko.
John Bosco Segirinya, the LCIII chairperson Mpenja sub county said that the dispute on the land follows disagreements between the Bibanja holders and the new buyer, Matsiko.
He said that the former landlord Nabawanda sold the land after failing to agree with the occupants and that the new landlord forcefully wanted to evict the occupants which caused violence.
According to Segirinya, the land is occupied by about 150 households.