Some of the squatters claim they are being targeted because of their Rwandan origin. Led by Eric Ssenzoga the Kasubi village Defense Secretary, the squatters claimed that some of the leaders have resorted to using megaphones to ridicule them, saying Rwandese have no right to settlement in the area.
Daniel Kaseregenye, the Hoima Municipal Deputy Town Clerk, says they decided to carry out the renovation and expansion works due to shortage of space, adding that following the elevation of the municipal status in 2010, the number of staff increased and office block couldnt accommodate all of them.
Obongi County MP Hassan Kaps Fungaroo states that the cost-benefit of hosting the refugees remains one-sided adding that government attention should be drawn to the status of roads, business and contracts, the status of employment for locals and mitigation for the negative effects of the refugee settlement on the environment.
Speaking during the meeting, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana District LC V Chairperson, noted with concern the invisible hand of power brokers in the brutal evictions. According to Luzige, the brutal evictions are instigated by people who use their connections to bully people off their land.
The Kitgum Municipal Council Speaker, Daniel Oroma, says the existing laws are silent on inducting lower local government leaders. He however, says he has already written to the Local Government ministry to organize orientation for the new leaders.
The Town Clerk, Deo Ndimo, said he was aware of the issues of Mpanga market but asked for more time so as to comment. But the Mpanga Market Vendors Chairperson, Stephen Asiimwe, calls for transparency if the market is to move forward.
According to Butime, while the CAO is overall head of all administrative units in the district, he was shocked when people started reporting cases of financial mismanagement, increasing crime rate and poor road network directly to him.