“Dear President Yoweri Museveni, we need time if we are to go, give us like 2-5 years. And when we are going, please let them compensate us with a reasonable amount of money,” read one of the placards.
running battles between residents of Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK) and
security on Monday afternoon as they tried to access Kyambogo Sports Grounds
where the nomination of presidential candidates was taking place.
wanted to meet President, Yoweri Museveni to express their dissatisfaction over
the decision by Kyambogo University to evict them from a disputed piece of
It comes a
week after the disgruntled residents dragged Kyambogo University
to Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's Court for evicting them.
who stood about 500 meters from Kyambogo University Police Station gate
demanded to see Museveni after his nomination but they were stopped by
placards with messages addressed d to the president. “Dear President Yoweri Museveni, we need time
if we are to go, give us like 2-5 years. And when we are going, please let
them compensate us with a reasonable amount of money,” read one of the placards.
"Dear President why [are] the university top officials
chasing us from this land where we were born, it’s now over 40 years,” read
another. One of the military armoured
vehicles that were stationed at Kyambogo University Road main gate blocked
exited Kyambogo Sports Grounds from the main entrance and was unable to see the
protestors. He left the venue in the company of 10 NRM supporters in the
"yellow bus" and party officials. The protestors are residents of K2,
K3, K5 and K64 in Kyambogo Parish in Nakawa west constituency.
The protesters say the land they are being pushed from belongs
to their ancestors and should be compensated before they are evicted. Mary
Zawedde, one of the area local leaders, says about 1300 residents are affected
by the eviction.
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Some of the residents agree with Zawedde on the need for compensation while
others want relief aid such as food.
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Other residents say the land doesn't belong to Kyambogo University.
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The residents are low-income earners who are involved in making clay charcoal
stoves while others work as private security guards at Kyambogo University and
other nearby institutions.