Residents claim that they pay their monthly rental dues to the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board-DAPCB, which allocated them the said property in January, 2014.
Some of the evicted residents stand beside their property.
Minister of Busoga Kingdom Dr. Joseph Muvawala is embroiled
in a property law with occupants of plot 46/48 along Oboja road in Jinja
central division in Jinja municipality.
The residents accuse Muvawala who
doubles as the Managing Director of Blue Rock Investments Uganda Limited of
wrongful eviction. The two floor storied building, comprising of business and
residential units, is home to over 130 occupants.
Residents claim that they pay
their monthly rental dues to the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board-DAPCB,
which allocated them the said property in January, 2014.
The occupants of the property sitting on the
disputed land led by their landlords Charles Kakonge, Shaban Baligeya and Ruth
Mpanja filed a civil suit number 189 of 2016 denouncing Muvawala’s claim to the
Muvawala through Blue Rock investments Uganda limited filed a miscellaneous
application number; 289 of 2018 before the same court arguing that the
complainants deposit their rental dues with Jinja high court so that when the
case is disposed of the winner will easily access it.
Court granted Muvawala’s request December 22nd
2018 and ordered the applicants to deposit rental the arrears amounting to Shillings
34 million with Jinja high court in vain, which prompted their eviction on
Charles Kakonge, one of the land lords, says they were never warned
about the eviction. “We were allocated this
property by custodian board and this has been our main defense in this matter.
But I am outraged that without any warning, they have evicted us,” he said.
Samuel Kibedi from the Blue rock investments Uganda limited
told URN after the eviction that they secured a court order to evict the
complainants because of their failure to cooperate. “It is true that, the main
suit is still ongoing.
But the gist of the matter is that we had to contract a
bailiff to evict these people because they have adamantly refused to abide by
the court ruling on depositing rental arrears to Jinja high court,” he said.
William Bizibu, the Executive Secretary the
Custodian board told URN in a phone interview that the property was
expropriated and never disposed of but refused to divulge details pertaining
their relationship with the evicted occupants.