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Hoima Councillors Want Special Sitting On Kyangwali Evictions :: Uganda Radionetwork

Hoima Councillors Want Special Sitting On Kyangwali Evictions

Some councillors in Hoima want the Council to discuss the eviction of more than 60,000 people from Kyangwali and the attachment of the district property.

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Some councillors in Hoima want the Council to discuss the Kyangwali evictions and the attachment of the district property.

Last week, the Office of the Prime Minister evicted 60,000 encroachers on the Kyangwali settlement camp to pave way for the relocation of 20,000 Congolese refugees from Bubukwanga Refugee Transit Center in Bundibugyo district.

This has left the encroachers homeless and are now camped at the Kyangwali Sub county headquarters. The evictees complain of dire conditions at the sub county due to lack of shelter and food.

In another development, court bailiffs from Kampala on September 5 attached Hoima district property over unsettled court costs totaling to 19 million shillings. Hoima businessman Abdulmalik Mugisa engaged the court bailiffs after the district failed to pay him the money.

In 2006, Mugisa dragged Hoima district lands office to court for delays to process a land title for his plot on Government Road in Hoima town. In April this year Masindi high court dismissed a defense filed by the district in the case. The court directed that Mugisa be paid 19 million shillings in general damages.

Until Thursday September 5, the district had failed to comply, forcing Mugisa to attach the property. The attached property includes two computers and a printer, two sideboards, four tables and eight lands office chairs among others.

These unfolding events in the district have raised concern of council members who now want the issues discussed for the district council to have a stand. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the councillor for Kigorobya Sub County and Vincent Opio Alpha who represents Kabwoya, are pushing for a special council sitting.

The two councilors have drafted a petition to the district council speaker Nathan Isingoma Kitwe demanding an extra ordinary council sitting to discuss the two issues. A URN reporter on Friday evening saw a copy of the petition dated September 6.

Mulindambura, one of the lead petitioners says procedure demands them to have two thirds of council members append their signatures on the petition for it to sail through. He says 20 councillors make two thirds of the 31-member district council.

Mulindambura explains that council cannot keep quiet when the evicted residents are spending cold nights out and district work is affected after the attachment of the district property.

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The petitioners already have backing of other council members. Francis Kazini, the youth councillor, says discussing the Kyangwali issue is vital as residents have now been rendered landless in their homeland. The youth councillor says council would also wish to know why the district failed to clear the court costs leading to confiscation of its property. Kazini says he has already appended his signature on to the petition.

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URN could not readily get Speaker Nathan Kitwe Isingoma’s comment on the councillors' move as his telephone was switched off at the time of filing the story.


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