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Addressing the Committee, Charles Kateeba, the Managing Director URC admitted to liaising with KCCA to evict the encroachers with the aim of ensuring a safe and healthy railway corridor. He however, denied the alleged sale of URC land and collecting money from the encroachers.
10 Mar 2020 19:54
Wilson Kumama and Kafeero Ssekitoreko

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The Physical Infrastructure Committee has castigated the inhumane methods used by Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA to evict encroachers on railway land. 

This stems from a petition by the evictees from Kiswa Parish, Mbuya 1 Parish and Banda Parish who want parliament to order KCCA to compensate them for illegal eviction on July 27th 2014.  

The petition was presented by the Nakawa MP, Micheal Kabaziguruka. 

On Tuesday, Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) and Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) officials appeared before the committee to explain their side of the story.

 

Addressing the Committee, Charles Kateeba, the Managing Director URC admitted to liaising with KCCA to evict the encroachers with the aim of ensuring a safe and healthy railway corridor. 

He however, denied the alleged sale of URC land and collecting money from the encroachers.

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The KCCA ED, Andrew Kitaka explained that the evictees were given a 28 days eviction notice, adding that the evictions were carried out at the expiry of the notice. 

He also denied the alleged sale of URC land, saying it is the role of the Lands Ministry to issue land titles and not KCCA.

Some of the committee members including the Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa supported the protection of Government property by KCCA. 

However, they condemned the inhumane methods used and time when the evictions were carried out.

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The Committee Chair, Kafeero Ssekitoreko informed members the he would seek permission from the Speaker on whether to proceed with probe as it was established that the matter is still before court.

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