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Entebbe Municipal Officials Clash with Residents Over Old Buildings

The contested plots of land located in the different localities within the municipality contain dilapidated staff houses where government agency employees used to reside. Up to 184 residents currently reside in the contested houses.
Some of the Dilapidated buildings in Entebbe Municipality

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Occupants of structures that acted as staff houses for employees of different government agencies have accused Entebbe Municipal authorities of denying them ownership of the same land they bought close to eight years ago.

The contested plots of land located in the different localities within the municipality contain dilapidated staff houses where government agency employees used to reside. Up to 184 residents currently reside in the contested houses.

Some of the quarters are located in Lunyo, Manyago and Bugonga. The residents allege that towards the 2011 election, the then Municipal mayor Stephen Kabuye and the prospective town clerk approached them to buy land they were occupying from the municipal council so as to obtain tenancy rights.

Richard Kabanda, one of the residents residing in Staff houses at Lunyo indicated that his parents were government employees at the Entebbe-based Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation and resided in the area. He remained in the same houses even after the parents retired and paid for full tenancy rights in 2010.

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Some of the staff houses have been earmarked for demolition by the municipal council to create space for the construction of the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre. The targeted houses are located in Manyago, Entebbe Division A.  

Another resident, Henry Kalyango, who lives in staff houses in Manyago Village said all occupants in the dilapidated structures earmarked for demolition will not vacate the said plots of land until they are compensated.

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Mike Kabwama Mutebi, the Entebbe A Division Chairperson, when contacted indicated that the municipal authorities should listen to the grievances of the occupants since they had already paid the municipal authorities to obtain the land.

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The former Entebbe Municipal Mayor Stephen Kabuye was not available for comment. However, the municipal town clerk said that all occupants who paid for tenancy rights will be compensated if the municipality needs to utilise the land.

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