Iganga Municipal authorities have ordered Sayid Kakaire, the head of Bayise Muligi clan to relocate a graveyard that has purportedly encroached on a road reserve. The graveyard is found along Igamba road in Northern division in Iganga district.
The graveyard hosts 26 tombs. Available information shows that members of Bayise Muligi clan settled on the contested land in early 1980 because of insurgency in Bulamagi Sub County.
Kakaire explains that after the liberation war, the Iganga district leadership allowed them to occupy the contested area temporarily. He says that when Iganga was elevated to a Municipality, the same leaders asked them to surrender part of the land for the construction of Igamba road.
In 2014, Iganga Municipality resolved to relocate the graveyard but the clan leaders ignored the resolution. Last week, the Speaker Iganga Municipality, Musa Ssengoba convened a meeting with the affected parties and gave them a week’s ultimatum to clear the road reserve.
Kakaire says they have started shifting some graves but need compensation from the council. “We bought a one acre piece of land in Luuka district where four bodies have been reburied so far. Council promised to compensate us in vain,” he said.
He wants council to give them a period of one month to complete the exercise to relocate the graves. “Some of these graves are 20 years old, and we have to carry out a number of traditional rituals before transferring them to another burial site. Therefore council should give us at least one month, so that our fore fathers are reburied in glory,” he said.
Ssengoba says there are plans of expanding Igamba road, which was encroached on illegally. He says the Iganga Municipal council executive committee has resolved to value the graveyard and compensate the affected individuals.