Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF has cordoned off Jinja cemetery to stop land grabbers from encroaching on the cemetery land. The army cordoned off the cemetery along Jinjaâ€“ Iganga highway in Mpumuddeâ€“ Kimaka division sometime last week after some people reportedly attempted to sell off its land.
The cemetery sits on a 6 acre piece of land. The army has restricted access to the cemetery leaving Jinja municipality with nowhere to bury unclaimed bodies. William Ebusa, the Chairman Mpummudeâ€“Kimaka division says UPDF owns acre of the cemetery land that was donated to them by Jinja municipality in 1979.
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But Army spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda told URN on phone on Tuesday that he wasn't aware of the deployment at the Cemetery.
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Tom Odoi, the Chief Health Inspector Jinja municipality, says they are stuck with two unclaimed bodies at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital mortuary.
George Izale, the Deputy Mayor Jinja municipality says it is increasingly becoming difficult to bury bodies in the cemetery since the army cordoned off the area.
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Eric Sakwa, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Jinja, has promised to speak to the Chief of Defense Force, General Katumba Wamala to allow members of the public and Jinja municipal council officials to access the cemetery.