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Lusanja Eviction Victims Petition Gov’t to Expedite Compensation

Joyce Nabukenya, a victim and mother of four, says that although they were given a green light to reconstruct their houses, they lack funds due to the losses suffered when they were evicted.
For almost four months, over 540 residents of Lusanja in Wakiso District have been putting up in tents and makeshifts houses following the demolition of their houses.

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Victims of the Lusanja eviction have petitioned the government to expedite compensation.

In October, businessman Medard Kiconco, who claims ownership of the land, with the help of armed police and court bailiffs violently, evicted the residents from land they have lived on for decades and destroyed their property.

350 homes were demolished without notification and more 240 others.

Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga tabled a motion demanding that the government expedites investigations into the eviction and duly compensates the people involved in the illegal eviction.

However, Lusanja Vice Chairperson Harriet Nakazibwe says that the compensation has delayed despite government officials being aware of the plight of the evicted residents.

She adds that apart from compensation, OPM had pledged to support the victims with relief supplies including food and clean water.

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Cue out…basirise busirisi.”//    

Joyce Nabukenya, a victim and mother of four, says that although they were given a green light to reconstruct their houses, they lack funds due to the losses suffered when they were evicted.

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The Head of Communications at the OPM, Julius Mucunguzi notes that the plight of the victims is being addressed.

“The process is underway but not yet ready to be shared with the public, the aggrieved members should just hold on, I think the concerned officers are fast-tracking the matter.” 

 Mucunguzi however, denies claims that OPM has not been providing relief aid to affected households.

“We can’t supply these items on a daily basis but rather in batches. The last batch was given to them sometime back and it was to take them through a period of two months and after that period then more will be delivered,” Mucunguzi said

Kiconco wants the government to compensate him or allocate him another piece of land where he can locate his proposed multi-billion project.

He also says that he is ready to compensate the families that were evicted only if they accept that they are illegally occupying the land.

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