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Kyambogo Residents Battle Security

“Dear President Yoweri Museveni, we need time if we are to go, give us like 2-5 years. And when we are going, please let them compensate us with a reasonable amount of money,” read one of the placards.
Some of the protestors wore NRM and Museveni branded T-shirts and also dry banana leaves to signal support for Museveni. Photo by Ronard Shabomwe

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There were running battles between residents of Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK) and security on Monday afternoon as they tried to access Kyambogo Sports Grounds where the nomination of presidential candidates was taking place.

The residents wanted to meet President, Yoweri Museveni to express their dissatisfaction over the decision by Kyambogo University to evict them from a disputed piece of land.  It comes a week after the disgruntled residents dragged Kyambogo University to Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's Court for evicting them.

The protesters who stood about 500 meters from Kyambogo University Police Station gate demanded to see Museveni after his nomination but they were stopped by security. 

They carried placards with messages addressed d to the president. “Dear President Yoweri Museveni, we need time if we are to go, give us like 2-5 years. And when we are going, please let them compensate us with a reasonable amount of money,” read one of the placards.

"Dear President why [are] the university top officials chasing us from this land where we were born, it’s now over 40 years,” read another. One of the military armoured vehicles that were stationed at Kyambogo University Road main gate blocked their view. 

Museveni exited Kyambogo Sports Grounds from the main entrance and was unable to see the protestors. He left the venue in the company of 10 NRM supporters in the "yellow bus" and party officials. The protestors are residents of K2, K3, K5 and K64 in Kyambogo Parish in Nakawa west constituency. 

The protesters say the land they are being pushed from belongs to their ancestors and should be compensated before they are evicted. Mary Zawedde, one of the area local leaders, says about 1300 residents are affected by the eviction.  

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Some of the residents agree with Zawedde on the need for compensation while others want relief aid such as food.

 

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Other residents say the land doesn't belong to Kyambogo University.


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The residents are low-income earners who are involved in making clay charcoal stoves while others work as private security guards at Kyambogo University and other nearby institutions.


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