RDC Halts Forceful Eviction of Residents in Masaka

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The directive was ignited by the December 23rd incident through which anti-riot police commanded by Lubega, used teargas and live bullets to oust residents from the land, for which Ssemalulu claimed ownership. Two women, Aisha Nanyonjo and Hafiswa Nakyanzi were also arrested for resisting eviction.

Masaka Resident District Commissioner Linos Ngompek has ordered for arrest of the officer in Charge of Buwunga Police station Willy Lubega and George Ssemalulu, a Kampala based businessman for conducting an illegal eviction in Bulenge village.
 
The directive was ignited by the December 23rd incident through which anti-riot police commanded by Lubega, used teargas and live bullets to oust over 500 residents from the land, for which Ssemalulu claimed ownership. Two women, Aisha Nanyonjo and Hafiswa Nakyanzi were also arrested for resisting eviction.

URN has learnt that the land in question, measuring about 100 acres, is owned by Buganda Kingdom and several of the affected tenants have occupied it for close to 50 years.
 
The residents have petitioned the office of the RDC to offer them fulltime protection against the evictors and stop any reoccurrence of the same. Led by Kizito MajjeMajje, the residents want the masterminds of the eviction to be severely punished for exhibiting brutality on civilians.

"Preliminary investigations show that Ssemalulu does not have any documents to confirm legal takeover of the land in question," RDC Linos Ngompek says. He adds that he has already issued instructions to the District Police Commander to reprimand Lubega, the OC Buwunga for abusing his powers as a police officer.
 
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George Ssemalulu, the businessman who claims ownership of the land claims that Masaka district land board gave him an offer for the land. He however refuses to explain why with just an offer he had to move to evict residents.

On the other hand, Willy Lubega, the Officer in Charge of Buwunga Police station says he got permission from Joseph Ssekasamba, the Masaka Deputy RDC and John Mwaule, the Masaka DPC to effect the eviction.

Joseph Ssekasamba, the Masaka Deputy RDC has not yet commented on the matter.
 
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.