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Indian investor arrested for ‘terrorising’ Mubende residents

A Kampala-based Indian businessman, also large scale maize and tea farmer, Abid Alam has been detained at Wandegeya police station on the orders of Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into land matters.

Abid is accused of terrorising residents of Bukooba, Bukompe, Kika A & B, Rwamasanga, Kabagala in Mubende district, who, he allegedly been forcefully evicting from their land from 2008 to date.

Some of the machetes allegedly recovered from Abid Alam's agents used to terrorise residents in Mubende district

Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya, the sectary to the Commission of Inquiry issued a warranty of arrest for Abid to all police officers to have him appear before the Commission on November 8, 2017 or thereabouts.

The Commission is investigating allegations that Abid deployed rowdy and armed agents in Bukoba village to further terrorise the residents over the weekend.

One of the guns reportedly recovered from Alam's agent

Among the exhibits allegedly recovered from Abid's agents include machetes, guns and several rounds of ammunition.

In 2008, more than 700 families of Bukooba-Kasawo village petitioned President Yoweri Museveni for his intervention after they accused police of colluding with Abid and his agents to effect what they called illegal eviction.

The residents claimed they were the rightful owners of the 12 square miles of the land in question having purchased it from Mubende land office. Some said they inherited from their grandparents, former World War II ex servicemen. Abid reportedly paid each of the 700 families between Shs 500,000 and 1.5 million to vacate the land.  

Then, the residents claimed that the rowdy youths were backed by some police officers to terrorise them at night with machetes and spears at night to force them off their land.

They said that previous attempts to seek help from the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura had proved futile.

Grace Nanjere, one of the residents claimed that her husband David Ssenyama , the area LC 1 chairman was attacked and killed by workers of the Indian businessman in the presence of the police.

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+5 #1 Odongkara 2017-11-09 07:52
These are orders from above, Uganda style!

How can an investor a foreigner really have the guts to terrorise citizens in their country on their God given land and the government looks the other side?
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0 #2 Lakwena 2017-11-09 08:53
In other words, obscene wealth and might are right.
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+2 #3 Nansinguza Jacob 2017-11-09 12:59
Its disheartening considering that Abid Alam's submission to the Lands probe committee was quite unsatisfactory. I think he's acting with impunity.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and her team have unearthed insurmountable rot in the land ownership in Uganda so far.

I wonder whether justice for the evicted will be secured considering that Abid Alam has been reported to have colluded with Some Ugandan Police Officers and some District Leadership to carry out his heinous evictions.

The recommendations of the probe must be taken seriously and implemented to that effect, if in fact, Uganda is to get somewhere in fixing land related problems.

The Land registry must be improved enough to reduce human interface, a measure that is potentially viable for reducing corruption.

One question remains; does the government still have citizen's good will, later on moral authority in such matters, given that it has been implicated at some point in the probe?
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0 #4 saeguya 2017-11-09 18:10
If Mr. Alam can do this in Uganda then just imagine this scenario turned around.

Let a black man go to India and try these antics with the Indians. He would be killed by a mob and justice would never come.
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+2 #5 rubangakene 2017-11-09 19:30
Idi Amin must be turning in is grave. Imagine these 'Patels' taking over our birth rights and moreover using force.

You couldn't do this in Tanzania or Kenya and Zimbabwe!
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0 #6 ricardo nyanza 2017-11-09 23:30
You people forget that foreigner's are in charge.
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0 #7 Muhindi man 2017-11-10 02:23
He is a landgrabber no. 1 in Uganda.

He fraudulently seized our home at no.4 Kintu Road right opposite Sheraton Hotel in 1996 and almost had me killed by his thugs.

I have asked several high ranking bodies to help me with no result. Please stop calling him Indian or PatelHe is a Pakistani.
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