The family of the late Elukana Zikulabe in Mayuge district is up in arms against Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF for allegedly grabbing their 80-acre piece of land to set up a marine training base. Zikulabe’s family members told URN at their home in Ntokoro village in Wairasa sub-county on Sunday that they were using the land for agriculture and would also rent part of it to the neighboring community.
Zakia Nakayima, the administrator of the late Zikulabe’s Estate explains that UPDF officers approached them in 2019 and informed them of how responsible government agencies had cleared them to occupy the buffer zone of the Lake Victoria shoreline bordering their land. Nakayima says that the family members agreed to cooperate with the UPDF. She, however, says that in early June 2020, the officers who were still in the process of clearing the land instructed them to vacate within a week’s time.
According to Nakayima, the soldier returned towards the end of the same month destroyed their food crops, and torched a 20-acre piece sugarcane plantation and four houses that hosted the widows of their later father and evicted them. She says that their efforts to get help from the police didnt yield results because the officers kept on referring them to UPDF authorities.