Uganda: Man Petitions IGP Over Kanyanya Police Station

Kampala — A man claiming land on which Kanyanya Police Station and staff houses were established has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to relocate the station.

Mr Nnamdi Onwuvuche and Ms Sarah Onwuvuche Nakibuuka, through their lawyer of Anguria & Co Advocates, claim that despite several reminders, police officers have refused to vacate their land.

"... ...we have out of courtesy resorted to seeking your prompt and timely indulgence to have the police forthwith vacate our client's land peacefully as this will avert the likely adversarial litigation in courts of law that will ensue in the event of non-compliance on the part of the police which is meant to maintain law and order and to protect people's lives and property," the lawyer of the claimant wrote to the IGP.

Government established a police post on the land in 1990 following growing incidences of crime in the area and later developed it into a police station with officers' accommodation.

Efforts to get a comment from the police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, on why they have not vacated the land were futile.

However, a senior police officer, who preferred not to be mentioned, said police and the landlords' lawyers are in negotiations for the former to acquire the land, but they have not concluded the deal.

In 2016, Mr Ronald Kiyimba Luganda reported to the Land Police Protection Unit claiming police were trespassing on his land. Mr Kiyimba would later sell the land to Mr Onwuvuche and Mrs Nakibuuka.

"The lands commissioner then advised that police negotiates with the land owner to either purchase the land or secure a leasehold from him," reads a police report signed by Mr Williams Waigo, an officer in the Police Land Protection Unit on October 27, 2017.

On the case of police trespass on the land, police sought guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The DPP has not yet responded.

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