The name ‘Kiconco’ seems to be gaining notoriety in the land evictions spheres.
In October 2018, armed police and bailiffs violently demolished 350 houses in Lusanja, Kampala leaving over 550 people homeless.
The piece of land, measuring about 3.89 hectares (about 9.6 acres) reportedly belonged to Medard Kiconco, the proprietor of Lexman Industries.
Following an uproar, President Museveni together with Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission of Land inquiry visited the victims and halted the demolition of another 240 houses on October 16, 2018.
A few days later, Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary spokesperson said the eviction was illegal because the court order delivered by Nabweru chief magistrate, Esther Nasambu was for the land in Ssekanyonyi zone in Mpererwe and not Lusanja.
“So the people of Lusanja were illegally and illegitimately evicted from their land,” said Muyita said on December 11.
On December 14 of the same year, John Eudes Keitirima ruled that the residents were wrongfully evicted because the trial magistrate had no powers to handle an earlier case filed by Kiconco.
Now, another Kiconco has come out to support the eviction of about 200 homes in Bukoba, Kika, Kassawo, Kabalagala, Lwamasanga, Bukompe and Kanyogoga villages in Nalutuntu sub-county, Kassanda district.
These were allegedly razed a fortnight ago by agents of Abid Alam, a businessman and proprietor of Mityana Farm Enterprises and Lake Wamala Farm Ltd.
According to Simeo Nsubuga Muwanga, the Kassanda South constituency, Florence Kiconco, a presidential aide on legal affairs, is leading the eviction of his constituents, according to Observer.
Nsubuga, who was speaking to his constituents over the weekend also demanded that President Museveni fires her immediately.
“If NRM is to have any chance of winning in the coming elections, Kiconco must be removed from that office,” Nsubuga, famed for having publicly supported the 2017 constitutional amendment which scrapped presidential age limits, said in a letter to Museveni.
But Kiconco, while speaking to BBS TV on August 24, denied any role in the evictions.
“The last time I got involved in those issues was when the President assigned me and Muruli Mukasa (minister for Public Service) to do an investigation and that was many years ago. We compiled a report and handed it to the president. Since then, I have not stepped there. I have not been in touch with any of the leaders in Kassanda. I have been at the forefront of fighting land evictions and my record is clear as regards land evictions,” Kiconco said.
She threatened to sue Nsubuga for making baseless claims against her. Alam has accused Nsubuga of resettling people on his land using fake land titles.
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