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Kadaga also the Minister for East African Affairs told URN in Mutukula that it would be unfair to render the occupants homeless yet the majority have spent over 40 years on the land. Her remarks come at a time when the occupants have been given seven days to peacefully vacate the land or be forced out to pave way for the oil palm project.
The First Deputy Prime Minister, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga addressing journalists recently

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The First Deputy Prime Minister, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and Kyotera district officials want the proposed eviction of 30,000 occupants of Sango Bay land halted until a fresh assessment exercise is done. They describe the proposed eviction because the settlers are being forced off the land without compensation or proper relocation.     

Measuring 247 square miles, the land covers Kakuuto, Kabira, Kyebe and Kasasa sub-counties and Mutukula town council. It was formerly leased to the defunct Sango Bay Sugar Estate Limited but reverted to the central government following the expulsion of Asians in 1972.     

The government repossessed it for the expansion of the National Oil Palm Oil Project, which is being implemented under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. All titles on the land were cancelled and the occupants asked to vacate to pave way for the project.  

 

Kadaga also the Minister for East African Affairs told URN in Mutukula that it would be unfair to render the occupants homeless yet the majority have spent over 40 years on the land. Her remarks come at a time when the occupants have been given seven days to peacefully vacate the land or be forced out to pave way for the oil palm project.  

//Cue in: “Mbadde manyi……….       

Cue out………..bana Uganda.”//     

Agnes Namusiitwa, the Kyotera District LC V Vice-chairperson, says that although the government had promised to give compassionate compensation to all occupants to relocate to places of their choice, none of the affected people has received it.      

She notes that the matters concerning the eviction of the occupants need thorough review since they are marred with a lot of irregularities.    

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Cue out……musanvu,”//    

   

She further explains that there could be a hidden agenda in evicting the occupants without compensating and relocating them as it was promised by the government. 

//Cue in: “Kati nze……….       

Cue out….kukilabako,”//       

David Mujaasi, the Mutukula Town Council LC III chairperson, says that people’s crops and houses have been destroyed through the illegal eviction yet they have not been compensated or relocated as had been agreed in their joint meetings with the State Minister for Lands, Sam Mayanja.     

//Cue in: “Abamu bamaze……….     

   

Cue out………ebatekeratekera,”//       

He adds that there is no proper plan for the affected occupants on the land yet they have been given an eviction notice.   

//Cue in: “Ezo sub-countie……….     

Cue out……….ebadde nkulu,”//

    

Although the local leaders of the affected villages and sub-counties say there are 30,000 people occupying the land, Ignatius Tumwesiga, the Liaison Consultant of Sango Bay Estate, insists that the government only considers 300 households as lawful occupants, which will be compensated.    

Godfrey Matte, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is overseeing the vacant possession of the land, says the encroachers were asked to return to their original homes. He adds that he would not allow any encroacher to stay on the land after seven days they were given to vacate. 

Some of the homeless residents have resorted to crossing to Tanzania to look for a place to stay while others are searching for land within Kyotera district.

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