They accuse Musa Bashir, the proprietor of Hared petroleum of trying to evict them from their homes on grounds that acquired the land hosting the campsite from Uganda Land Commission.
Some of the evicted residents stand beside their belongings.
About 700 families
occupying the former Works Ministry campsite along Nile Crescent Avenue in Jinja
city are protesting what they term as unfair eviction.
The protesters include
144 landlords and 556
sub tenants with unspecified number of dependents.
They accuse Musa Bashir, the
proprietor of Hared petroleum of trying to evict them from their homes on
grounds that acquired the land hosting the campsite from Uganda Land Commission.
Some of the residents
who received Shillings 250,000 each from Hared petroleum company officials as
compensation, say the money can’t cater for their relocation.
According to the
residents, since receiving eviction notices on June 22nd, 2020 none
of the local leaders has come to their rescue despite approaching them for
Barba Babirye, a sub
tenant says her landlord was compensated and the roof of the house removed
living them without shelter.
Babirye says she lacks money to transport her
seven children back to the village.
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Joyce Ninsima, another affected resident, says she was paid Shillings 250,000
as disturbance allowance fees but the money isn’t adequate to cater for the
relocation of her family.
She wants the new land owners to devise means of
adding them more money, since they have spent more than 15 years on the
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Zilia Namulondo, another resident says the new land owners should add them more
time to enable them to peacefully vacate without any chaos.
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Mohammed Mwanje, the Nile Crescent Avenue village chairperson, says the tenants agreed
to accept the compensation in return of vacating the contested land.
Swaibu Walubo, the estates
manager Herald Petroleum, says they held peaceful engagements with the affected
tenants who voluntarily agreed to vacate the premises.
//Cue in: “tetulina…
Cue out…kasente ko,”.