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Market Vendors Protest Eviction from Jinja Hospital Land

Jinja Hospital administration has issued a notice of eviction to all kiosk owners. The Hospital Director Dr Edward Nkurunziza says that the hospital received 3.5 billion Shillings from the finance ministry to construct staff quarters in the area. Dr Nkurunziza says that the construction is due to start next month.
Part of Rippon Nile market.

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More than 130 vendors from Rippon Nile Market are protesting their planned eviction from a piece of land owned by Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. The two acre piece of land was temporarily given to the hospital staff in 2001.

However, the staff's sub rented it to individual vendors who constructed kiosks and started running a market.

The hospital administration has since issued a notice of eviction to all kiosk owners. The Hospital Director Dr Edward Nkurunziza says that the hospital received 3.5 billion Shillings from the finance ministry to construct staff quarters in the area. Dr Nkurunziza says that the construction is due to start next month.

But the vendors are arguing that the eviction notice came on short notice.  Paul Kisira, the market chairperson is pleading for more time to allow them to find an alternative place for relocation.

//Cue in; "nga nze…

Cue out…wiiki ndala."

One of the vendors, who run a food kiosk in the area, says that they need time to service loans acquired from banks.

//Cue in; "balikutubinga…

Cue out…wetulukujja,".

Lillian Nabbosa is bothered that although she has been paying rent for the land in question, and daily dues, to the municipal council, none of the two entities has come out to stop the impending eviction.

//cue in; "landlord wange…

Cue out…kutuyamba."

The Jinja municipal council spokesperson Rajab Kiito says that the said land belongs to the hospital and that the local government cannot in anyway stop planned developments on it.

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