Rally Driver Lwakataka Jailed Over Destruction Of Property In Fierce Land Wrangle

Rally Driver Lwakataka Jailed Over Destruction Of Property In Fierce Land Wrangle

By Ivan Mwine

Renowned rally driver Posiano Lwakataka has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after he was found guilty of malicious damage and trespass by the Magistrates Court in Mukono District.

Lwakataka, who has been on remand, was sentenced by Magistrate Peace Koburunga, who found him guilty of criminal trespass and  illegally demolishing a house belonging to George Kawooya, a resident of Kiwanga village, Goma Sub-county, Mukono District.

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This was after Chief State Attorney, Jonathan Muwaganya, successfully led evidence against Lwakataka who with 6 other people destroyed Kawooya’s, house and other property.

Prosecution heard that on January 8th, 2019, Lwakataka together with others still at large, invaded Kawooya’s property in Kiwanga, where he had a house and a banana plantation, claiming he owned the land.

They destroyed Kawooya’s house and other property on the 2-acre piece of land, assaulted whoever they found on the land and anyone in their vicinity who tried to stop them.

Kawooya, who told court he bought the contested piece of land from Lwakataka’s late father Anthony Kiggundu in the early 2000s, filed reported the matter to Seeta Police station, who promptly effected the rally driver’s arrest.

He was later paraded before court and remanded to  Kauga Prison, where he is set to serve his sentence.

Lwakataka had already spent 2 months on remand after his bail was cancelled in October over abscondment.

The development means that unless he appeals the sentence, Lwakataka is to spend the entire next year and several months thereafter in jail.

This is because the same court also convicted Lwakataka of damaging a barbed wire fence of Namanya Josyline and sentenced him to 4 months, although his sentences will run concurrently.

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