Upon interviewing the family, it was discovered that the family had been charged with criminal trespass after cultivating their late mother’s land. It all started in 2014 when Rachel’s mother, Betty, mortgaged the 2.5 acres of land to Atwine (pseudonym) and obtained a loan of two million shillings that was to be paid back with 10% interest. Unfortunately Betty passed away in 2017 before paying the loan which caused Atwine to seize the land. Atwine started cultivating the land. Betty’s children
came back earlier this year to cultivate the land assuming Atwine’s long usage had in a way paid off their mother’s debt, but unfortunately they were charged with criminal trespass and detained at the police
JCU’s Mutagonga contacted Atwine and scheduled a mediation
between her and Betty’s children
at the District Headquarters. The mediation
was indeed a success where Atwine forgave them of the 10% interest as well as dropping the charges and Betty’s children
agreed to pay back the two million debt in instalments starting with Ugx. 500,000 deposit the next week. The children
also received a piece of land from their uncle which they would cultivate and use the proceeds to cover the rest of the debt in order to fully recover the land from Atwine.
The family was all smiles and grateful to JCU for the free legal services accorded to them that enabled them to be released from detention and helped them come up with an amicable way to recover their mother’s land.