Young man becomes a lawyer to win back land his father lost 23 years ago

A man in Uganda who was only six when his father lost a piece land in a legal dispute, has won back the land 23 years later, after becoming a lawyer.

Jordan Kinyera, a young Ugandan man who was 6-years-old when his father went through a legal tussle that cost him a piece of land, has won back the land as a lawyer, 23 years later.

According to a BBC report, Kinyera went through 18 years of education and legal training before taking on the case.

On Monday, April 1, 2019, the High Court delivered a final judgement which ruled in his family’s favour.

Kinyera told the BBC that the loss of the family land when he was aged six had changed his life.

“I made the decision to become a lawyer later in life but much of it was inspired by events I grew up witnessing, the circumstances and frustrations my family went through during the trial and how it affected us,”

said Kinyera.

His father was sued by neighbours following a land dispute in 1996 and the case dragged on in court for more than two decades.

Kinyera narrated: “My dad was retired, so he didn’t have a lot of resources. He wasn’t earning at that time.

He was desperate and there is something dehumanising about being in a desperate situation and not being able to do something about it. That is what inspired me the most.”

“Justice delayed is justice denied. My father is 82 years and he can’t do much with the land now. It’s up to us children to pick up from where he left.”

Land disputes are widespread in Uganda. According to legal advocacy group Namati, they affect 33-50% of landholders.

Many internally displaced Ugandans who return to their home regions after having spent several years in camps, find themselves in land disputes, Kinyera told the BBC.

He now represents a number of clients in such cases.