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Private guards attempt to ‘shoot’ at Minister Sam Mayanja in Hoima land dispute

The State Minister for Lands, Mr Sam Mayanja addressing the media recently (Photo/File)

Hoima, (UG): The Police in Hoima District are on a serious manhunt for three private guards attached to Pyramid Security Company who shot at Lands State minister, Sam Mayanja on Friday afternoon.

The trio reportedly fired live bullets into the air in a scary incident that happened in Rwobunyonyi village in Buraru sub-county where the minister had gone to resolve a land dispute between one Fred Mugamba and area residents.

This prompted the District Police Commander to order the arrest of the private guards who shot at him citing that H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the removal of all private guards from private and it’s just a few individuals who are still using them to scare away aggrieved residents.

Magamba is accused of grabbing land from over 2,000 locals in two villages of Rwobunyonyi and Kirinda Sojo and therefore had hired guards to man the disputed land.

According to the affected residents, they claim Mugamba has been keeping them away from his land and has been destroying their food and property and had called on the minister to help them seek justice and reign over Mugamba who is determined to make them landless.

There are rampant land wrangles in areas of Bunyoro but so much in Buganda, this has left several and the majority landless as rich men and women use their money, courts of law, police and the army to steal people’s land.

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