land defenders opposing eviction in Mubende district
In Uganda, 28 people were framed, arrested and jailed, allegedly because of their stiff resistance against an illegal and forceful eviction of over 3000 inhabitants off their 322.5 hectare piece of land registered on block Block 168, Plot 19, 22 and 23 covering five villages namely, Kambuye, Kikono, Kyabaana, Kanseera and Lwensanga in Mubende district. The arrest of the 28 land right defenders ultimately weakened the fight indigenous community had put up and consequently over 3000 inhabitants were dispossessed of their land by one businessman Kaweesi George with help of security agencies including Mubende police. After a year of detention without trial, the 28 land rights defenders have appeared on Friday, the 11th October 2019 before High Court judge and denied all the charges leveled against them. The trial against them continues.