By Yosam Gucwaki
Bunyoros princess Joan Gafabusa and Prince Samuel Kintu Harison have dragged Chongqing International Construction Corporation limited (CICO) a company which was contracted to construct Hoima-Wanseko road to court accusing it of blasting Haibale rock in Hoima district.
Haibale rock is located in Kyakasato village Kisukuma parish Kigorobya Sub County in Hoima district.
Mariam Kagwa the lawyer representing the duo yesterday told court that the suit land is where Bunyoro-kitara Kingdom practices its cultural rituals.
Kagwa also added that in case the company destroys the cultural site it will greatly affect the Royal family to which it belongs
The lawyer also applied for an injunction restraining CICO from blasting the rock.
She also told court that incase the Chinese continue with the activities on the suit land the area will be completely damaged and yet the Royal family have been practicing their cultural sites from their time immemorial..
Innocent Wanambugo the lawyer representing CICO said that the people who are claiming for the rock have no grounds for the need of the temporary injunction since they cant prove for the ownership of the land arguing that being part of the Royal family doesnt make them owners of the rock.
Wanambugo also told court that the affected persons were duly compensated and resettled noting that there is no need for any other person claiming to be affected by the activities.
Addressing journalist at the court premises, Joan Gafabusa said they are not against development in the area but they need Haibale rock which harbors ritual sites to be protected.
Presiding over the session, Simon Kintu Zirintusa the assistant registrar Masindi High court set 30th April 2019 as the date he will deliver his ruling on the injunction which was applied for.
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