Nakivale Land Owners in Title Clash with Government

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Title holders in Nakivale refugee settlement are challenging the Office of the prime minister over the legality of the land title for the Nakivale Refugee settlement camp. More than 50 people took government to court seeking a Judicial Review over the ownership of the Nakivale land. Tom Byakatonda, a title holder says the plainants filed their case in 2005, when an injunction was secured. He however says that the injunction was not honoured by government. Byakatonda says an interim order restraining government over Nakivale land has been extended to 13th January 2009 before hearing the main suit. Byakatonda says the court should dispose off this case expeditiously, to avoid any possible eviction. Byakatonda says government is using refugees in Nakivaale to destroy people's homes and farms. He says this has brewed bad blood between the refeugeese and the locals. //Cue in: We have a problem of land # Cue out: #which I think is fake.// A warrant of arrest has now been issued by court to arrest Simon Mutachuka Nakivaale camp commandant and other six staffs of the office of the prime minister. Simon Mutachuka says he is living under fear of arrest. //Cue in: As OPM staff, following that# Cue out: #we need protection in one way or the other.// Mutachuka says he has warned government about his plight but nothing has been done to ensure his security. Mutachuka says he has become un-wanted guest in Isingiro because he will be arrested on sight if he is to leave Nakivaale refugee camp. Mutachuka says he risks being killed and government should give its stand on the matter.