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Evicted Hoima Families Starve

Margaret Akumu aged 67 one of the evicted residents says that they are struggling to survive without food. She also says that they have been denied access to their gardens by the soldiers who have been deployed on the disputed land.

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More than 200 families who were forcefully evicted from land in Buhanika Sub County, Hoima district are starving.

The families have been feuding with Keloyi Kiiza, Moses Kahwa, Dick Rwesemereza, Deo Agaba, Augustine Bisoborwa, Alex Abitekaniza and Innocent Ayesiga over two square miles of land for the last ten years. The eviction followed a court judgment in favour of Keloyi Kiiza, one of the land claimants.

Kizza is said to have sued the affected residents for encroaching on their land. On January 14, 2019, Masindi high court delivered judgment in his favour. The residents appealed the judgment the next day. However, on Monday, 15 men claiming to be court bailiff invaded the area accompanied by Police and UPDF soldiers and started burning people's houses and crops.

Margaret Akumu aged 67 one of the evicted residents says that they are struggling to survive without food. Akumu says that they have been denied access to their gardens by the soldiers and the police who have been deployed on the disputed land.

//Cue in: ”wabedo de nangu…

Cue out:…yothe gi wangu.:”//.

50-year-old Agnes Acanda says that her children hardly have a meal in a day due to lack of food. She wants the government to supply them with food and other basic necessities. 

//Cue in ”Kakati fe fe…

Cue out…nabo niba duka.:”//.

Kunihiira Abooki, 27 says all of his property including clothes was burnt during the eviction.

He wants the district authorities and the government to extend relief items to the affected residents.

//Cue in: ”Tulimunaku ya manimuno…

Cue out…nabwekyo tukusaba buyambi.:”//.

55-year-old Jenety Atima, another resident says all of her children have been forced to drop out of school since she could no longer afford school fees following the eviction.

//Cue in: ”Iwe no koleraki…

Cue out:…bayirukire bagenda ahandi.:”//.

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