The committee chairperson, William Korotyo says that, before their fact-finding trip in Jinja City, they had received reports of squatters who have constructed permanent houses within the rail line and its’ surrounding reserves.
Recently, a number of refinery affected persons petitioned the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga through Mubende Banyoro United Association for compensation. They want government to value their land and compensate them as title holders as opposed to being Bibanja land holders or squatters.
In the report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga notes that MUBS lost 12 acres of land in Bugolobi to an investor who compensated them with approximately 2.2 acres of land in a swamp at Butabika near Kireka.
According to the occupants, they have been under threats of eviction since 2016 and are worried that Mengo through Buganda Land Board-BLB may evict them anytime without due compensation despite occupying land for more than 30 years.
Some of the squatters claim they are being targeted because of their Rwandan origin. Led by Eric Ssenzoga the Kasubi village Defense Secretary, the squatters claimed that some of the leaders have resorted to using megaphones to ridicule them, saying Rwandese have no right to settlement in the area.
Speaking during the meeting, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana District LC V Chairperson, noted with concern the invisible hand of power brokers in the brutal evictions. According to Luzige, the brutal evictions are instigated by people who use their connections to bully people off their land.