A 70-year-old widow in Kyenjojo District is accusing former LC5 chairman William Kaija Araali of encroaching on her land and continuously issuing threats to “kill her” if she does not stop pointing fingers at him.
Ms Blandina Kabasomi, a resident of Kihooka village, Kihura Sub-county, told Daily Monitor at the weekend that Mr Araali, who was also Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kumi District until 2011, flaunts around an army— camouflage jacket in the village, threatens her family and other residents claiming he is on President Museveni’s official business in the area.
“We have called him more than five times for dialogue but he has blatantly refused. The last time he attended a meeting, he stormed out… and labelled me a mad woman who cannot own land.”
When this newspaper contacted Mr Araali, he said he was busy with celebrations of King Oyo’s birthday party and did not have time to discuss such issues before he switched off. A text message also went unanswered.
Ms Kabasomi said: “Mr Araali encroached on the land in 2005 while still LC5 chairman, constructed a house, claiming the portion had been given to him by his father, who was apparently a farm helper to her husband who died in 1988. Together with his two brothers, they all encroached on my land, with each one taking over a strategic point and the trio keeps expanding their area of occupation,” Ms Kabasomi said, adding: “…He says I cannot do anything because he has the president’s blessings.”
This newspaper has seen several correspondences in which Ms Kabasomi brings the issue of threats and assault against her family to police and other district leaders but she said the matter was negligently handled.
In 2008 when she first received the threats, and when they first held meeting with Mr Araali, the then RDC, Charles Mubiru, wrote to the Kyenjojo District DPC directing him to “stop both parties from making further development in the dispute until the matter has been resolved.” Unfortunately both the DPC and RDC were transferred before the matter could be addressed.
A 2014 International Justice Mission report indicates that nearly one of three widows in one area of Uganda is a victim of property grabbing Nearly 20 per cent of these victims reported that attempts were made on their lives.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor