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7 Jul 2020

Witness Radio (Uganda)

Lawyers defending communities allegedly displaced for private investment charged

" Lawyers for Evicted Communities in Kiryandongo District Charged and Released on Bond"

Kiryandongo – Uganda – the Seven lawyers who were rounded up and arrested by anti-riot police while interviewing victims of a forceful eviction that has resulted into displacement of over 35,000 people, have been charged and released on police bond. The arrest took place at Busaana-Kimogola village, Kakooko parish, Mutunda Sub county, Kiryandongo district on June, 30th, 2020. The forceful evictions are being carried out by three (3) multinational companies namely; Agilis Partners, Great Season and Kiryandongo Sugar Limited without court actions.

Lawyers Kaijuka Aaron, Christine Marunga, Joan Balyerali, Brian Tuwayenga, Eric Bajole, Muhindo Morgan and Nafula Elizabeth were charged with two offenses including disobeying lawful orders and negligent act likely to spread infection of diseases. Also the seven community members arrested alongside lawyers have been charged with same offenses and released on police bond respectively. Community members are; Namanya Samwiri Paulo, Tumusiime Sylvester, Sanyu Eriya, Byaruhanga Rogers, Nsubuga Ahmada, and Zironda Simon among others.

Part of the following timelines

Uganda: Police arrest and charge seven lawyers investigating circumstances of alleged forceful eviction of locals by multinationals

Uganda: Environmental and land rights defenders face harassment and arrest for anti-eviction protests. Includes company responses

Threats & attacks on rights groups and land & environmental defenders in Uganda