The ongoing court battle over a land wrangle between Madhvani administrators and Nakawa Mayor Benjamin Kalumba has taken new twist with over 120 bodies exhumed illegally.
This comes after High Court judge in land division Justice Andrew Bashaija last year issued temporally injunction on Madhvani group administrators from accessing, dealing and engaging with UNRA regarding 306 acres of land belonging to late Muwanga Omuwesi.
The land in contention worth billions of shillings is located at block 374 Busiro-Nakigalala a few kilometers from Kampala city along Entebbe high way.
The land became a center of conflict after Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) demanded to know the rightful owner to be compensated because part of it would be eroded to construct the Entebbe express highway.
As work came to a standstill thus derailing the government’s multibillion project.
President Yoweri Museveni prevailed over the matter after Kalumba sought his intervention.
Museveni wrote to UNRA executive director Sebbugga Kimeze ordering him to investigate and find out the rightful owner, thereafter be compensated.
However, Museveni’s advice didn’t save the situation. Kalumba and his legal counsels decided to seek court redress, which put an injunction.
“Court has kept on extending the hearing up to June this year and an injunction still stands. Shockingly, excavators belonging to Madhvani starting last week raided the area and begun destroying the graveyard, and retrieving the remains of our ancestors and relatives,” Kalumba said.
Adding that so far 120 graves have been dug and when he tried to ask he was told that the bodies are being transferred to unknown government cemetery.
“We have learnt that this is a ploy used by Madhvani, UNRA and some Lands Commission officials to destroy the graves as a means of removing evidence. In fact we also hear that they are trying to say that the land was a cemetery,” Kalumba said.
He wondered why this is being done in violation of court’s slapped injunction.