Uganda: Several injured & more than 70 houses burnt after violent land dispute in oil-rich region
"Bunyoro Kingdom in bloody land clashes" 8 December 2014
More than 70 houses were burnt and several people injured when violence broke out last week between Bunyoro Kingdom loyalists and inhabitants of Kaseeta Parish, Kabwooya Sub-county in Hoima, over the control of a seven square mile piece of land bordering the proposed refinery area. The disputed land is being claimed by Bunyoro Kingdom from squatters that Kingdom officials claim are of Congolese origin. According to locals, the fighting was sparked off following an invasion by subjects of the King of Bunyoro, His Majesty Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, who allegedly came to evict the ‘foreigners.’ “We saw hundreds of Banyoro coming with pangas and they began slashing our gardens and burning our houses,” 52-year old Kerefa Kisiano narrated to told Oil in Uganda. To protect their property, the locals fought back.