By Peter Abaanabasazi
Residents of Bwera LC1 in Kyangwali sub-county, Kikuube district have turned violent and killed 40 heads of cattle, as well as burnt four houses belonging to Pastor George Baguma, commonly known as Kagenyi of Bwera Miracle Church.
The violence started following the arrest of five people in the area by the State House Land Protection Unit.
The arrest came after a petition filed by Baguma calling for the eviction of the people that had encroached on his land.
According to him, a group of people led by his brother George Kabuhanda, encroached on his land. He later acquired a court order to evict the people from his land, but the group vehemently refused to vacate.
This forced him to seek the intervention of the State House Land Protection Unit, which on Wednesday morning, August 3, stormed the area and arrested five suspects. The arrest of the five suspects angered residents who turned rowdy.
The locals first blocked the road for hours, stopping the unit from taking the suspects until the State House Land Protection Unit fired in the air and dispersed them.
After the State House Land Protection Unit left the area, the residents attacked the farm of Baguma and started hacking the animals, leaving 40 dead.
The residents burnt four of Baguma houses, leaving several properties, including two motorcycles and bicycles, destroyed.
Recently, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Jane Frances Abodo, dropped the murder charges against Baguma, which the residents protested.
The residents accuse him and seven other people of murdering John Turyamureba.
However, Baguma denies the allegations, saying the residents are framing such allegations against him with the intention of taking his land.
He called on the Government to intervene in the matter, adding that his family had deserted the home because of threats of murdering him and them.
Baguma explained that during the attack, one of his casual workers went missing and he suspects that he was killed by the mob.
The Kikuube RDC, Amlan Tumusiime, blamed the violence on the State House Land Protection Unit, which he accused of going to effect the arrest of the suspects without informing the Kikuube district security committee to offer them a backup.
He also blamed the residents for taking the law into their hands.
By press time, Police, UPDF, and RDC Tumusiime had camped in the area to calm down the situation and the entire village had been deserted by residents.