Ugandan musician, activist and humanitarian Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is outraged by Friday’s demolition of part of his developments at Busabala One Love Beach. The local land dispute is threatening to draw in the Buganda Land Board.
According to Kibiri Police OC ASP John Vuchiri who was at the scene, he only allowed the disputed potion of land to be graded after he got assurances from a delegation from the Kabaka’s office at Mengo that Bobi Wine had been given sufficient notice.
Bobi Wine was outraged, saying, “It is very unfair. I bought that land….I paid all the people who were on the land and have been developing it for the past five years. Today I saw a grader destroying all my developments without notice.”
“It is an injustice by my own to their own, but I have to face it and know that will pass. I will not pursue it any longer,” Bobi Wine told NTV.
A communications expert who works closely with Buganda Kingdom officials reacted to Bobi Wine’s assertions by saying the musician had attempted to illegally occupy and annex the disputed land.
“There is a rumour that Bobi Wine’s beach was demolished yesterday. That isn’t true,” said Denis Jjuuko in a post on facebook.
“What was demolished was an adjacent piece of land to Bobi Wine’s beach which Bobi Wine had tried to forcefully and illegally occupy and annex to his beach. Bobi had been warned several times not to plant grass and trees beyond his official beach but he refused. This particular piece of land was even blocking access to other people’s land.”
Jjuuko added that “the land lord had the right to stop Bobi Wine’s impunity and ensure that other people who own land in that area have access. There is no money that Bobi Wine paid for this part of land he was illegally occupying. However, Bobi Wine can go to court and seek redress.”