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UWA in 5-year fight over land

After a five-year court battle, there is no end in sight to the land dispute between the Uganda Wildlife Authority [UWA] and about 5,000 residents evicted in 2001 from Kyabatukura in Kitswamba sub-county.

The evicted families claim the disputed 3,000 hectares are their ancestral land, but UWA says the land is part of Kibaale national park.

Recently, lawyers of both sides made an on-the-ground tour of the disputed land. The victims’ lawyers, led by Nagaruye Ruhindi, and UWA lawyers led by Chemonges
Sabilla, inspected the demarcation stones that evictees claim had been planted by the British government in 1952. But there was no sign of agreement.

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