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Evicted Njeru Residents Stranded

Obbo claims that about 40 squatters were evicted without any notice and are out in the cold after their houses and crop gardens were razed down. He says some of the residents had occupied the land for over fifteen years.
Peter Acheng showing part of the land where some of his crops were completely cultivated prematurely

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About 40 people evicted from land designated for Magan Meghi Patel-MMP industrial park in Njeru Municipality in Buikwe district have nowhere to call home.   

The affected people were evicted from Namabeere and Buwampa in Nyenga Division on June 10 and 11th 2019. President, Yoweri Museveni launched the construction of the industrial park in May this year on a piece of land measuring 1000 acres.  

Acres of land have been cleared in the area with the exception of a few sugar cane plantations.  The area LC I Chairperson, Peter Obbo says he is struggling to find new homes for the affected residents.

Obbo claims that about 40 squatters were evicted without any notice and are out in the cold after their houses and crop gardens were razed down. He says some of the residents had occupied the land for over fifteen years.  

//Cue in: “Mazima ekinenyamiza… 

   

Cue out: …nabo family nene”//  

Obbo says despite writing to various offices seeking government intervention no official has visited the area to ascertain what is on the ground. Our reporter visited Namabeere and found Rosemary Misanya, a single mother of eight setting up two temporary rooms behind the LCI chairperson’s house.

She says they were surprised to see tractors descending on their homes without any warning. Misanya says she borrowed Shillings 2 million to hire the land next to her and invested the remaining money in the farm, which was destroyed. 

 

//Cue in: “Emmere yasayiibwa…

Cue out: …sikyayina buyambi bwonna”//

Rita Nekesa, a form seven pupil at Minso primary school, says she is about to make a month at home without attending school because of what befell her family. 

She explains that she had already spent a week at home waiting for school requirement before her uniform and books were buried during the demolition of their house. 

The village chairperson, Peter Ocheng, says she lost tomatoes, cassava, maize and banana plantations to the eviction. He says pleaded for one month to harvest his food in vain.

//Cue in: “Bwetwaali e wamuyindi…

Cue out: …nga annamu ettaano”//

Our efforts to talk to MMP industrial park on the matter didn’t yield any results as none of the officials at the site office was willing to talk to our reporter. 

However, the Njeru Municipal Mayor, Yasin Kyazze says the park officials only catered for landlords and ignored the tenants. 

He says he had an engagement with some of the tenants and advised them not to accept compensation without the knowledge of his office. 

 

//Cue in: “Naye abantu baffe…

Cue out: …bakomekereza batutomeza”//   

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