WESTERN REGIONAL CHAPTERS
Over the Last 15 Years, more than 35,000 people from 20 villages are homeless after being evicted from about 9,300 acres of land in Kiryandongo District to pave the way for large-scale farming. No one seemingly knows the exact year when the government allegedly gave the land to agricultural companies for large-scale farming. The government says the contentious territory was an empty space and unoccupied public land but residents hold it under customary ownership.
In 2000, the people of Kigyayo were attacked by the Ugandan Police Force armed led by the Royal Guards from the kingdom of Bunyoro and evicted 5000 people to leave land for the sugar-growing project of Hoima Sugar Limited. The police and the royal guards were sent by the late Herbert Rwakiswaza Kimera who claimed the ownership of this vast chunk of land in Kigyayo. The RDC of Hoima, the Hoima district Police and the Local Council 3 of Kizarafumbi intervened to help the communities go back to occupy their land because the evictions were illegal.
In 1966, Bunyoro kingdom leased out 50sq miles of land to the government of Uganda to set up the Kyangwali Refugee settlement Camp for the Banyarwanda refugees. The area where the refugees were settled had settlements and gardens in the neighborhood belonging to the indigenous communities who were nationals. Both the nationals and refugees settled peacefully with the refugees buying food from the indigenous people until 1998 when the Prime minister came to fix the boundaries of the settlement and the community.