Oil palm growing in Buvuma district has faced slow progress due to irregularities raised by residents including delayed compensations and underpayments that discouraged Bidco Uganda to occupy its nucleus estate.
The defenders believe that the charges brought against them are linked to their human rights work of mobilizing and empowering communities in Kiryandongo to resist violent evictions by foreign agribusiness companies.
Two sugarcane companies have begun clearing thousands of hectares in disputed sections of Uganda’s Bugoma Forest. The National Forestry Authority (NFA) is challenging land titles granted to Hoima Sugar Limited and MZ Agencies, but a series of court defeats has forced the authority to remove its guards.
The prosecution alleges that the eight land defenders threatened to harm a police officer and workers of one of the companies involved in large-scale land grabs for agricultural plantations in Kiryandongo, Uganda.
Cerca de 30 mil personas del distrito de Kiryandongo, Uganda, están siendo desalojadas violentamente de sus hogares y fincas para dar paso a los proyectos de agricultura industrial de tres empresas extranjeras: Agilis Partners, Kiryandongo Sugar y Great Season SMC.
On estime à 30 000 les habitants du district de Kiryandongo, en Ouganda, à être violemment expulsés de leurs maisons et de leurs champs pour laisser la place aux projets d'agriculture industrielle de trois sociétés étrangères – Agilis Partners, Kiryandongo Sugar et Great Season SMC.
Numerous women say they were raped by workers of three multinational companies that have been evicting people off a chunk of land in Uganda measuring about 37.8 square miles to establish large scale commercial farms.
More than 35,000 people from over 20 villages are homeless after being evicted from about 9,300 acres of land in Kiryandongo, Uganada to pave way for large scale farming. Foreign investors dealing in agribusiness have been blamed for the ongoing land grabbing.