Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija and Crispus Kiyonga, Uganda’s Ambassador to China have been cited in a land grabbing saga in Bukedea district, Teso sub region.
A dossier has revealed how Kasaija and Kiyonga are fronting a Chinese investor of Hainan Qinfu Foods Co. Ltd, a leading fishing enterprise to grab over 11,000 acres of land under the guise of establishing a fishing farming company, without consent from the community, district leaders and the legitimate owners of the land.
On February 11, 2020, Minister Kasaija wrote to Bukedea District authorities ‘forcing’ them to avail the said acreage of land for the investor. In his letter, he also informed them of the scheduled site inspection visit by the investors today, February, 14, 2020. The proposed site is located Amujeju Village, Kamutur in Kolir sub county, Bukedea district.
Apparently, the company wants to establish an aquaculture park that will deal in commercial fish fry production, production of fish feed, fish processing and marketing in Uganda.
However, the district leaders including Members of parliament have protested this move and shunned the site inspection visit scheduled for today on grounds that the move is fraudulent and intended to grab land considering that the communities have not been fully sensitized.
Apparently, Kasaija and Kiyonga, former Defence minister are the protagonists of this land grabbing saga and are said to be using land surveyors a one Namara and Charles Odongo all from Mbale to procure this fraud that will leave hundreds in Bukedea landless.
Sources say that Kasaija has been duped by conmen whose intention is to defraud him under the guise of investment. The district leaders suspect the move is intended to grab community land considering that investors and surveyors are using Sironko road other than Mbale-Soroti road to access the site, to avoid seeking permission to access the area from the district headquarters.
On 28th October, 2019, Ambassador Kiyonga wrote to Kasaija introducing the said investor to him, in a bid to lure him into finding land to serve his personal interests and that of the government of China.