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Ritah Nantongo, one of the affected residents, says ESO has ordered them to vacate the land with immediate to pave way for redevelopment.
04 Apr 2019 16:39
Bonny Kakumba, one of the residents at Kasenyi Landing site addressing a meeting held at the contested land.

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External Security Organization– ESO is embroiled in a land dispute with settlers at Kasenyi Landing site in Katabi town council.

  The four acre piece of land sits between Wagagai Flower farm and Kasenyi landing site.  

  It was registered under Meridian Transporters in 1991, which claims to have bought it on behalf of ESO.

    About 27 people have been occupying the land prompting the deployment of ESO operatives.  

  Ritah Nantongo, one of the affected residents, says ESO has ordered them to vacate the land with immediate to pave way for redevelopment.  

//Cue in: “nebajja wano, abaana …   

Cue out: … Okay, that one.”//   

   

This prompted the Entebbe Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Noor Njuki and Katabi Town Council Chairperson; Ronald Kalema to visit the contested land to speak to residents.  

Njuki says it is illegal for ESO to claim ownership of the land, which is registered in the names of a private company.

The Katabi Town Council LC 3 Vice Chairperson, Samuel Musoke wonders why ESO and Meridian Transporters claim to have more than 20 hectares of land in the contested area yet the available land is only four acres.     

//Cue in: “Nenzirako nga vice …   

Cue out: … nebafunako plot yaabwe.”//     

Tom Kayongo, a former ESO employee, says they bought the land in the names of Meridian Transporters because ESO wasn’t allowed to get involved in such business.   

However, a source at state house dismissed the claim, saying government institutions don’t hire private organizations to transact business on their behalf.   

The RDC has since ordered ESO operatives deployed to guard the contested land to withdraw immediately.

  However, the operatives have declined to vacate. 

The operatives led by Charles Kagiri conquer with their Lawyer William Olet who says the deployment should be maintained until court orders otherwise.   

//Cue in: “n’olwekyo, if you … 

Cue out: … ffe tetuli aggrieved.”//   

Katabi Town Council Chairperson, Ronald Kalema has condemned the illegal eviction and the manner in which the ESO operatives conducted themselves.  

//Cue in: “Nina enaku nyingi … 

Cue out: … bikomyeewo munsi yaffe.”//

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