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Police Fire Live Bullets, Tear Gas as LOP, MPs Visit Lubigi :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Police Fire Live Bullets, Tear Gas as LOP, MPs Visit Lubigi

Joel Ssenyonyi says that they wanted to go on the ground to know the challenges of people so that they can have an informed discussion when on the floor of parliament.
17 Jun 2024 17:31
Police dispersing people at Lubigi

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Police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse people who had gathered to narrate their situation to the leader of the opposition in Parliament -LOP who had visited Lubigi.

Early in the morning Joel Ssenyonyi the leader of the opposition and other parliamentarians visited Lubigi to assess the condition of the people whose houses were demolished last week by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

However, the engagement did not end for Police backed up by the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) interrupted that function when they started firing live bullets and tear gas at the crowds of people to disperse them.

Among an affected individual Musa Kayanja, one of the residents whose shop was demolished says he has lost over 10 million in property when a building he was renting was put down. Kayanja seeks compensation from government for the loss.

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Judith Ayebale says she has lived in the area since 2011 and bought her plot of land for sh25 million but she has never had any notification from the Authority that her house is in a wetland. She also mentioned that her house was not marked among those that were supposed to be demolished but when she returned from work she found her house down.

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Joel Ssenyonyi said that they went to the ground to know the challenges of people so that they can have an informed discussion when on the floor of parliament. He also mentioned that he is seeking a meeting with NEMA and the residents to find a solution for the people who settled in Lubigi wetland so that their properties are not destroyed.

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Frank Kabuye, Member of Parliament for Kasanda South, pointed out that though it is  good to protect the environment, the Authority should have given the residents time to relocate so that their belongings would not be destroyed.

//Cue in: “Yes we believe…

Cue out…Respect for the law.”//

 

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