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Residents fault Busoga Prime Minister For Wrongful Eviction

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.
The Prime 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 property.    

 However, 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 Tuesday.    

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.