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District Security Committee Orders Release of Mechanics

However, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner, who also chairs the District Security Committee, Samuel Kisembo, says they resolved that a production warrant be issued allowing the suspects to appear in court before Wednesday to be granted bail.
Hoima RDC -Samuel Kisembo standing raising a point as Bategeka Hoima Municipal MP in Black suit and Harriet Businge, the Flag Bearer for Hoima woman MP Listens during the Meeting.

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Hoima District Security Committee has ordered for the release of four mechanics who were remanded to Kiryatete government prisons last week.  

They are Godfrey Kiiza, Godson Baguma, Deo Kizza and Samuel Wabyona. The four were picked up on Thursday while protesting their eviction from Kwebiiha road in Kahoora division in Hoima Municipality. 

   

The municipality contracted Majimoto Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs to evict more than 300 mechanics, saying their activities were compromising the newly built roads under the Uganda support to Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID-Project.

 

However, the mechanics resisted their eviction prompting police to arrest the ring leaders, which saw the arrest of the four. 

They appeared before Hoima Chief Magistrate, Moses Kagoda Ntende who charged them with causing public Nuisance under section 54, 57c, 68 and 61 of the Public Health Act Cap 281.   

The suspects pleaded not guilty and were remanded to prison until May 16th, 2019.  

However, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner, who also chairs the District Security Committee, Samuel Kisembo, says they resolved that a production warrant be issued allowing the suspects to appear in court before Wednesday to be granted bail.

  He questions the manner in which, the mechanics were arrested and produced before court.  

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He faults the municipality for evicting the mechanics without providing them alternative land to operate from. But while asking the mechanics to vacate the roadside, the municipality asked them to relocate to Kiryatete Industrial area in Kahoora division where it had reportedly secured land. 

Kisembo says despite claims but the municipality to have secured the land, it didn’t enter into any agreement with the landlord allowing the mechanics to operate from there.

  Lawrence Bategeka, the Hoima Municipality MP faults the municipal authorities for taking such a quick decision of evicting the mechanics without signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the land lords where the mechanics would be relocated.   

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David Kyasanku, the Hoima Municipal Town clerk admits that although they had started evicting the mechanics, they don’t have any formal memorandum with the land owners where they are pushing them. 

He apologized for the mess and asked for more time to engage the land owners to allow the mechanics to operate on their land.

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Samuel Atugonza, one of the mechanics says when they tried to relocate to the new site; they were stopped by the landlords who asked them to leave, saying they don’t know them.