President received in style as Mukono district celebrates 50 years of Independence

Friday 12th October 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has called on Mukono district leaders to work closely with bibanja owners to curb corruption in the judiciary that is fuelling illegal land evictions in the district.

The President was today addressing people from all the sub-counties that constitute Mukono district during celebrations to mark Uganda’s 50 years of independence. The celebrations took place at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Nagalama.

“There is conspiracy between the police, courts and landlords against bibanja holders and the problem is that no one has challenged them legally’’, he said.

He, therefore, challenged the local leaders at all levels to use all available avenues and expose such officers if the problem of illegal land evictions is to be solved completely. He also called on them to involve superior courts.

Addressing himself to the report of the LC5 Chairman, Mr. Lukooya Mukoome that hinged on the rejection of busuulu by of landlords, President Museveni promised to look into possibilities of amending the law to provide an alternative so that the interests of the poor continue to be protected. He explained at length that the main objective of busuulu is a symbol of recognition of the land lord by a squatter.

Reflecting on the 50 years of Uganda’s independence, Mr. Museveni noted that the non-sectarian approach that the National Resistance Movement has championed has provided the basis on which stability and enhancement of development the country has attained. He added that this positive change is manifest in the various empowered groups such as the women, youth and elderly persons as well as those with disabilities, among others.

He commended the people Mukono district for the continued support to the National Resistance Movement. He announced the donation of 10 boreholes to Nakifuma as a golden jubilee package.

Regarding the youth and children, the President urged them to guard against the HIV/AIDS pandemic to enjoy a secure future adding that he has been able to handle Uganda’s problems because he enjoys good health.

“That is what has enabled me to even deal with stubborn people like Kiiza Besigye who wanted to sabotage the country’s independence celebrations. But now that we are through, he can move freely”, the President said.

President Museveni also officially handed over an assortment of road unit equipment to Mukono district leaders and launched  patriotism programs in the district.

Earlier in Nakifuma President launched a pilot project of constructing dwellings for the elderly people. He commended the Commander of Land Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala for the effort and urged the team to focus on the poor elderly.

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