The residents have for years, accused Banoba of forcefully evicting them from their land and corruptly dragging them to court. The news of his death brought joy to the residents. On Thursday about 80 residents led by Umalu Ssebuyonjo slaughtered a cow and roasted the meat on the contested land to celebrate Banoba’s demise.
Ssebuyonjo says that they held the feast to wash away the pain the deceased had caused them.
“It’s not so usual for people to be happy when someone dies. However, with what Banoba put us through while he was still alive, we deserve to celebrate because he is finally gone,” he said.
Adding that, “Let this be an example for people who grab other people’s land and evict people off the land. The people will do this to you.” Jeffrey Zziwa, another resident says they will start to repossess their land when Banoba is finally laid to rest on Saturday.