President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed landlords to cease the illegal eviction of bibanja holders and return any excessive nominal rent fees (busuulu) collected, or face arrest.

Speaking at the 35th Heroes’ Day celebrations on June 9, in Gomba District, President Museveni emphasized that landlords must adhere to the district-agreed busuulu fees.

“Landlords charging more than the district-approved busuulu fees must return the excess amounts. Any attempts to evict bibanja holders will result in arrests. We must enforce what was agreed in the Constituent Assembly and the Land Act of 1998,” said Museveni.

During the celebrations held at Mpenja Church of Uganda Primary School playgrounds, the President recounted that the issue of landlords and bibanja holders was resolved in the Constituent Assembly and reaffirmed in the 1998 Land Act. He noted that landlords cannot evict kibanja holders who have been on the land since 1983, only charging a nominal rent fixed by district land boards.

Gomba District LC5 chairperson, Mr. Kiviiri Geoffrey, reported that the approved nominal fee is Shs10,000 per year, but landlords’ refusal to accept this has led to increased land disputes. Museveni proposed that if landlords refuse the rent, it should be held at the sub-county.

Museveni tasked the Resident District Commissioner of Gomba, Ms. Harriet Nakamya, to document those threatened with eviction and resolve the disputes with landlords. Additionally, Lands Minister Hon. Judith Nabakooba distributed land titles to 446 Kanoni residents through the government’s Land Fund.

The President also highlighted the success of the 1981-1986 liberation war, attributing it to the principles of the National Resistance Army/Movement (NRA/M). He underscored the importance of patriotism, pan-Africanism, socio-economic transformation, and democracy in their victory.

Museveni reiterated his call for Ugandans to fight poverty by adopting the NRM’s wealth creation initiatives. He detailed the four-acre model for farming and emphasized the benefits of government programs like the Parish Development Model (PDM) and Emyooga.

Moreover, Museveni directed the new Inspector General of Police, Abas Byakagaba, to enhance local policing by deploying 18 officers per sub-county and improving communication networks to curb crime effectively.

At the event, 49 distinguished individuals received medals for their contributions to Uganda’s socio-economic transformation, including Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Jumah Al Maktoum from the UAE.

President Museveni also honored the sacrifices of freedom fighters and thanked those who supported the revolution. Various government officials, including the Vice President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Monica Mbabazi

Monica Mbabazi is a celebrated multimedia Ugandan Journalist currently working as a news anchor on Top Radio and BTM Television. She is also a writer with Plus News Uganda.

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