KAMPALA, UGANDA – For the first time in its history, Uganda's police force has deployed a specialized team of investigators with the resources, training and mandate to respond to property grabbing crimes. At an event organized by IJM in December 2013, the Ugandan Police Force officially launched six new Property Grabbing Prevention Desks in Mukono District. The desks were resourced by IJM and the Ugandan Police Force and will be manned by IJM-trained investigators.
Illegal Property Seizure
KAMPALA, UGANDA – On Friday, justice was delivered in a landmark case for Margaret and her sisters. Her deceptive half-brother was found guilty for stealing their land and was sentenced to 26 months in prison—the longest sentence ever in an IJM Uganda case.
The court's decision concluded years of struggle for the women. After the sentencing, one of Margaret's sisters told IJM, "I am so happy, I cannot express my joy!"
Greed Divides a Family
KAMPALA, UGANDA – For more than 20 years, Sauda lived under constant fear that her home, land and business would be taken by her abusive stepson. But this week the widow finally has peace after a Ugandan judge ruled in her favor and protected her rights to her land.
"This was a long-awaited victory for Sauda," says IJM Kampala Deputy Field Office Director Kathryn Wilkes. "Today we rejoice that Sauda will finally be able to use the land to provide for herself and her family!"
Years of Violent Threats
KAMPALA, UGANDA – “My in-laws stole ten acres of land from my husband while he was sick with AIDS,” Constance* remembers. “If he had been healthy, that would never have happened.”