'All we ask is for is our land back': Uganda's Bugala Island farmers | Land Portal

By: Evelyn Lirri

Date: June 19th 2016

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation


BUGALA ISLAND, Uganda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mariam Nakakeeto listened quietly to the grievances of fellow farmers gathered outside the grounds of a local church on Bugala Island, by the shores of Lake Victoria.


Nakakeeto, 35, is one of more than 100 farmers who say they were left landless in 2011 when Ugandan palm oil company Bidco Africa cleared their fields to make way for commercial palm oil agriculture.


"I lost 15 acres (six hectares). They just came and started clearing the land without our permission," said Nakakeeto, a mother of six.


"We were told the government had sold the land but we have lived here for two decades. We can't just lose our land like this," she added.


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