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Police Disperses Residents from Demolishing Illegal Structures at Walukuba Health Center :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Police Disperses Residents from Demolishing Illegal Structures at Walukuba Health Center

Kasim Mayemba, a resident in the area, says that there has been uncontrolled encroachment on Walukuba land for the past 10 years, under the watch of both political and technocrats, which sparked anger among concerned citizens.
One of the residents dismantling some of the makeshift houses in Walukuba health center IV land.

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Police have fired live bullets to disperse residents who were demolishing illegal structures erected on the part of the land belonging to Walukuba health center IV in Jinja City Southern Division. Residents took it upon themselves to demolish 13 makeshift houses on the health center land on Wednesday afternoon without prior notice to the health center management committee and the neighboring communities. 

The residents comprising mainly youths and women stormed the illegal settlement where they forced out occupants and threw out their belongings including bedding and utensils. They also attacked Eric Musoke, who had allegedly constructed the makeshift houses and was renting them out to unsuspected members of the public after convincing them that Walukuba authorities offered him a 20-year lease to temporarily occupy the land. 

Musoke was taken to an undisclosed private clinic for treatment after sustaining head injuries, whereas, his tenants have since relocated their property. Kasim Mayemba, a resident in the area, says that there has been uncontrolled encroachment on Walukuba land for the past 10 years, under the watch of both political and technocrats, which sparked anger among concerned citizens.

//Cue in: “Waliwo etaka… 

Cue out…police wejyidde,”// 

Halima Namubiru, another resident says that safeguarding Walukuba health center property has been largely a community initiative through peaceful demonstrations, adding that concerned citizens pressurized illegal settlers who were constructing a storied building in the same area in the mid-2020 to forcefully vacate following reluctance from Jinja city authorities. 

//Cue in: “mbera sinungyi… 

Cue out…nga abataka,”//

The health workers at Walukuba declined to comment about the matter for fear of reprimand from their superiors. However, the health management committee vice chairperson, Norah Mugweri says that they have written endless complaints to Jinja city authorities for possible action against illegal settlers in vain. 

//Cue in: “Etaka lino lya’… 

Cue out…nga balinyaze,”//

The officer in charge of Jinja central police station, Moris Niyonzima says that a harmonization meeting between the concerned citizens, Walukuba health center IV management, and Jinja city council authorities shall be held on Thursday with an aim of resolving the land dispute.      

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