More than seventy families in Lusanja Village in Kasangati Town Council in Wakiso District are still out in the cold following forceful eviction from their homes.
The affected families were evicted from their homes by Court Bailiffs on Friday morning on the directives of city businessman, Medard Kiconco to pave way for the construction of a factory.
Kiconco claims to be lawful owner of the 9.6 acres, which the evictees have been occupying. However, the affected people claim they acquired the land from Namasole Bagala Ayaze of Mpererwe.
Kiconco told URN that his claim to the land was confirmed by courts of law and a Commission of inquiry set up by the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Ruganda following his clashes with residents.
Our reporter visited the affected families to establish how they are copying up following their eviction three days. Some of the victims couldn't even speak any word due to the trauma resulting from their brutal eviction.
Fred kanyike, the Lusanja LC I chairperson whose house was demolished during the eviction, says some of the affected residents who had money have since rented houses while many including him have taken refuge in trees adjacent to their former homes.
Kanyike says they are living in fear police officers from the factory come each night to push them away from the premises, saying the owner wants to fence off the contested area. He says on Sunday night police officers shot several bullets in a bid to scare them away.
Jamilah Zalwango, another resident says they are currently living like paupers sleeping on old boxes and sacks and when it rains like on Sunday they go on verandas of nearby homes.
She says most of their property including beddings, clothes and other valuables were looted during the eviction.
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Cue out…amayumba bagamenya,"//
Agnes Nakalembe had gone to the hospital on Friday when they were evicted. According to Nakalembe, she has been in deep grief since she hadn't seen her children she left in the house sleeping.
//Cue in: "nabadde muddwaliiro…
Cue out…tusula bubi,"//
Alice Namusoke says since they were evicted none of their leaders including Members of parliament and the Resident District Commissioner has visited them yet they have been trying to call them to intervene into the matter.
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Cue out…munyumba byabibwa,"//
The victims want their leaders to follow up the matter to ensure that they are compensated so as to 'start life afresh'.