Two employees of China Civil Engineering and Construction Company have escaped being lynched by angry residents of Akwari-kwar village, Kachumbala Sub County in Bukedea district.
Trouble for the two Chinese nationals started after a group of residents who were protesting against China Civil Engineering and Construction Company for allegedly grabbing their land found them supervising the excavation of marrum on the disputed land.
China Civil Engineering and Construction Company was contracted by government to tarmac Namunsi–Sironko–Kapchorwa and Bulambuli –Nakapiripirit roads.
As a result, the firm leased 15 acres of land from 83-year-old Erisima Kitongole for four years at 30 Million shillings to set up an operational site.
This didn’t go down well with some of the residents saying part of their land was leased without their consent.
They also accused the Chinese contractor of destroying their food crops. On Monday, about 50 residents decided to stage a peaceful protest.
They led a procession from their homes in Akwari-kwar village through the disputed land, where they hand planted crops such as banana, maize, soya-beans, cassava and beans among others.
What started as peaceful demonstration turned chaotic when the residents saw two Chinese nationals supervising the excavation of marrum on the land under dispute.
They charged towards the Chinese nationals armed with stones and sticks forcing them to jump into a double cabin vehicle and flee the site.
An elderly woman stripped her clothes and remained half naked.
She threatened to strip fully should the Chinese firm persist on with the project on their land.
The protesters started wailing and pitched camp on the land before they were dispersed at 4:00pm.
District officials including William Tukei, the Bukedea LC V chairman, Rogers Kapere, the District Police Commander and RDC Imran Muluga looked on in astonishment.
The protesters accused the trio including Mubaraka Magomu, the Sironko District RDC of being part of deal to lease their land illegally.
They appealed for the intervention from the office of the President to address the land matter.
Imran Muluga, the Bukedea RDC who is accused of being involved in the fraudulent leasing of the disputed land declined to talk to our reporter.
But his Bukedea counterpart Rogers Kapere insists the protesters don’t have document to prove ownership of the contested land.
Willaim Tukei, the Bukedea LC V chairman could neither deny nor confirm the allegation of being part of the fraudulent land transaction.
He however says they will try to hold dialogue with the protesters.
Rose Akol Okullu, the Bukedea Woman MP told URN that she would meet President Museveni for his intervention into the matter.
She also promised to hold talks with both parties to resolve the dispute amicably.