Victims of the Lusanja eviction have petitioned the government to
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.
homes were demolished without notification and more 240 others.
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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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.
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,”
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.