Residents of Lusanja village in Kasangati Town Council in Wakiso District have boldly told President Yoweri Museveni that some of his relatives are involved in the ongoing mass evictions in their area.
The residents told Museveni who convened a meeting with members of more than 300 households who were evicted from their homes on Friday morning last week that his brother, General Salim Saleh has vested interests in their land.
The affected families were brutally evicted from their homes by city businessman, Medard Kiconco to pave way for the construction of a factory. Despite insisting that he owns the 9.6 acres of land the evictees have been occupying, the residents claim they legally acquired the contested land from Namasole Bagala Ayaze of Mpererwe.
Some of the affected families have spent days in the cold, saying they have nowhere to go. The charged residents accused his brother, General Salim Saleh of fronting Kiconco as a proxy to displace them from their land.
Joseph Kawooya, one of the evictees, said Gen. Saleh sent officials from the Operation Wealth Creation program to serve them with eviction notices.
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The visibly angry Museveni was forced to pull out his mobile phone and made two phone calls but the person on the other end of the line believed to be Gen. Saleh didn't respond. However, the phone call later went through and Museveni spent some minutes on the phone.
He later told the residents that Gen Saleh had dismissed the allegations leveled against him. Fred Kanyike, the chairperson of Lusanja village told the president that Kiconco relocated to the area a few years back and found most of them in the area.
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Justice Catherine Bamugemeire, the Chairperson of the Land Probe informed that the president that disputed land was still under investigation pending cross-examination of evidences presented by the parties involved.
She also informed the president that immediately they started investigating the matter, they stopped Kiconco from evicting any resident until further notice.
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She requested the president to talk to the Chief Justice to direct court registrars and magistrates to stop issuing eviction orders without visiting the contested land.
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Museveni, who first blamed residents for electing 'bad leaders' who cannot follow up their matters noted that his government has over time opposed the eviction of people from their land without compensating them.
He said after the Commission investigations, government will ensure that the effected people are duly compensated for everything they lost.
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He also promised to direct the Office of the Prime Minister to provide the affected residents with tents and food as government investigates their matter.