Squatters neighboring Masese landing site community policing
police station on Thursday accused a section of police personnel of repeatedly
The 10 squatter families residing adjacent to the
police station say that police officers ranging from the ranks of inspectors of police to assistant superintendents of police have
often threatened them with eviction, yet they lack requisite documents to prove
Masese police was designated on request of the area
residents following a visit of the then inspector general of police, Gen. Kale Kayihura to the
area in 2013.
A council resolution was made and a 107ft by 30ft plot was
allocated to Uganda police force with an aim of enabling them to construct a
substantive police station, while co-existing with the already existing
squatters on the land.
The current police station comprises of a community
sensitization hall, police cells area and moderate residential units for
standby police personnel. However over time, there has been pressure to expand
and authorities are reported to have resorted to encroaching on the land of other
squatters, who are still awaiting a council resolution to be relocated to other
Charles Olwenyi, a resident in the area says that they
were living harmoniously however in 2018, police personnel started pressurizing
them to vacate the premises.
Olwenyi adds that, the harassment has continued to date and
they even forcefully converted their bathroom into a police cell, after they
declined to vacate the contested land.
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David Dhikusoka, another resident says that, he has lived on
the contested land for the past 27 years, but he is surprised that police
personnel reached an extent of destroying their community toilet as a means of
evicting them from the contested premises.
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Meanwhile Jinja’s resident city commissioner, Kyeyune
Ssenyonjjo says that members of the city security committee have interested
themselves in the matter and have resolved to foster measures of ensuring that police personnel co-exist harmoniously with their neighbors.
Ssenyonjjo has further directed the Jinja city clerk to open
boundaries that clearly distinguish the demarcations of the land allocated to
police, from the rest of their surrounding neighbors, with the aim of ensuring