Cultivators, cattle keepers in Ntungamo feud over grazing area

Tension is brewing between residents of Ngoma and Kayonza sub-counties in Ntungamo District and those of Kamwezi and Rugarama sub-counties in Kabale District over land ownership.

Ntungamo residents say they are being attacked by those from Kabale who claim the hilly land on the border belongs to them yet the former have over the years been using it to graze cattle.

Ngoma Sub-county councillor Dan Buteera said many residents have lost their property including cattle to alleged cultivators from Kamwezi Sub-county.

“Our people are losing much and nothing is being done. They come and take away cows which they find grazing at times they kill them,” Mr Buteera said on Wednesday.

Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner Fred Bamwine said the conflict has been long standing and a solution is needed to avoid further security threats.

“It’s true those Bakiga are provocative. They come at night and plant in the land. In the morning, they cannot be seen, they behave like Bachwezi. We do not know what is happening we need to ascertain which district owns the land because so far we cannot know who is in the wrong,” Mr Bamwine said.

Kabale District chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa said leaders from the two districts are arranging to go on a fact finding mission to resolve the conflict.

“My office and that of the RDC and our brothers in Ntungamo are arranging go there on a fact finding mission and see what we can do about the conflict,” Mr Keihwa said on Wednesday.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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