Police in Luweero have arrested 16 people who had been hired by Buganda Kingdom Finance Office, (Nkuluze) to evict 50 tenants from a piece of land in Bugabo village, Kalagala sub-county in Luweero District.
The Nkuluze officials hired the team to evict tenants from a 107-acre piece of land to plant trees. The land is privately owned by his Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, to plant trees.
The land in question is located on Plot 1373 Block 17 in Kalagala Sub County.
Armed with machetes, clubs and other weapons, the team used a tractor to raze crops in various gardens.
The affected residents fought back and in the ensuing chaos, burnt a tractor. Police from Bombo Police Station intervened to restore order.
Mr Raymond Jjagwe, the Luweero District Criminal Investigations Department boss said 16 men who were hired to evict the people were arrested.
Some of those who are behind bars include among others; Shafik Matovu, Arnold Ssekandi, Jonah Njakwasi, Kassim Ssendujja, Emmanuel Twikiriza, God Kibirige, Julius Mwanje, Fred Muyingo and Brian Amanyire among others. They are all residents of Lubaga and Kisenyi in Kampala.
Mr Jjagwe said on Saturday that the suspects were detained at Luweero Central Police Station and are scheduled to be produced in court today to face charges of malicious damage to residents' food crops.
Mr Jjagwe faulted Nkuluze officials for not following the procedures to evict people.
He said police are looking for residents who burnt the tractor in order to prosecute them.
Mr Daniel Sserubidde, the Kalagala Sub county chairman said residents had asked Nkuluze officials to allow them harvest their crops but their request was ignored.
Last year, over 100 tenants on the same piece of land demonstrated at Luweero District headquarters to demand compensation before they were evicted.
Mr Solomon Mukudde, the Local Council I chairman of Bugabo village said the tenants have cultivated the land for more than 60 years and have nowhere to go.
But the Buganda Information Minister, Mr Noah Kiyimba, insisted nothing would stop the Kabaka and Buganda Kingdom from accessing and developing the land.
He said the people who are resisting eviction were compensated.
Last week, Buganda Land Board officials came under spotlight when they destroyed part of artist Bobi Wine's One Love Beach at Busabala, Wakiso District accusing him of encroaching on the kingdom land.