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Visually Impaired Couple Forced Out of New House

Our reporter visited the house and found the compound overgrown with grass and under lock and key. The doors and windows have started rusting. Kintu says he bought the land where his four bedroomed house is built from Francis Bbadda in 2016.
Imam Isa Kintu and Mariam Nabbaale, a visually impaired couple struggling to settle in their house again.

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Sixty-five-year-old Isa Kintu and his wife, Mariam Nabbaale are both visually impaired. Kintu lost his eyesight when he was 15 years old while Nabbaale lost her sight aged 8 years. 

The couple stays in Namubiru village in Namubiru parish in Nama Sub county in Mukono district with their four children following their marriage in 1989.   Following his masterly of the Quran at a young age, Kintu decided to work as an Imam and found himself living in various mosque quarters. 

From Nakiziba in Kayunga District he went to Mukono Central Main mosque before he was transferred to Takajjunge Masijid Noor in Namubiru village in Namubiru parish in Nama Sub County in Mukono district.      The couple had failed to construct a descent house until Sulaiman Salim, a good Samaritan from Saudi Arabia offered to construct for them one. 

However, the couple only occupied the house four months as after their neighbor, William Kalema blocked access to their home. The couple has been staying at Takajjunge Masijid Noor for the past four months.   Our reporter visited the house and found the compound overgrown with grass and under lock and key. 

The doors and windows have started rusting. Kintu says he bought the land where his four bedroomed house is built from Francis Bbadda in 2016.  He says they also paid for access to their main gate only to get surprised when Kalema decided to block it to pave way for construction.  

The couple has petitioned several government offices and local authorities to reverse the situation in vain.

//Cue in: “Twagenda okulaba nga…

Cue out: … muyinza ofunirayo obulabe”//   

Kalema insists on building commercial apartments on the small piece of land in front of Kintu’s house leaving them a narrow entry. According to Kintu, they also started receiving threats ever since they developed a misunderstanding with their neighbor.   

They claim that they would hear stones on their roof at night, adding that their grandchildren found two lifeless chicken slaughters infront of their main door on two different occasions. Kintu says given the developments they decided to abandon the house and live at the mosque. 

//Cue in: “Twandyagadde okubeera awaka…

Cue out: …tusigaze ekkubo lyaffe”//

Nabbale 56, says her excitement to live in descent house was short-lived. She says they have since asked Kalema to relocate them to another place in vain.   

//Cue in: “Nze mpulira bubi…

Cue out: …jjetusanga jjetusula”//   

Kalema told URN on phone that he bought land and built his house in the area in 2012 before even the couple moved them. According to Kalema, he was able to explain himself before the authorities where he was accused and was given greenlight to continue with his construction works.   

Richard Bwabye Ntulume, the Mukono Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says they visited the contested land and advised the sub county chairperson to ensure that Kalema spares space for the couple to access its house or stop the construction. 

He promised to follow up the matter further since he hasn’t received a final report from the local authorities on what was agreed. Isa Ssebbaale, the Nama sub county LC III Chairperson declined to comment on the matter. Isma Kintu, the son of Kintu says Allah answered their prayers and gave their parents a descent home but they are being frustrated by their neighbor. 

//Cue in: “Naffe tetulina sente…

Cue out: … mbeera ya bunkenke”//       

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