Residents Fault MP Over Eviction

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Residents of Go-down Zone, viagra approved Namuwongo, Makindye Division have faulted their area MP for failing to fulfill his promise of stopping Kampala Capital City Authority from carrying out the ongoing eviction exercise that has left close to 80,000 people homeless in throughout the city.

Speaking to ChimpReports today (Wednesday), William Abooki, a welder who says that he had stayed in the slum for over 20 years, noted that they had been assured by their Member of Parliament that he would work with KCCA to delay the eviction exercise.

“Our Member of Parliament told us that they were in talks with Kampala Capital City Authority and Rift Valley Railways Authority but we were shocked to be ambush like that” William said.

According to William, the 28 days notice was not enough for the people in the affected areas to plan for relocation, “Demolishing the houses should have come after other relevant development options like in Ethiopia where people where moved away from slums to flats.”

He blamed the government and its authorities for harshly treating it citizens, an act that may affect the image of the ruling government.

Sengirinya Richard, a another resident noted that with the massive eviction, house rent in the area has shot from fifty thousand to one hundred and fifty thousand since within just one day.

“People have resorted to sleeping in the demolished house because they were got unaware,” Richard said, adding that, “Government should have planned to settle the people first before it rushed to evict them.”

He appealed to the government to make sure that the affected people are compensated fully since some of them had spent money on acquiring the land in question from local authorities and were paying taxes to KCCA.


When contacted, Makindye East MP, John Ssimbwa condemned the action of Kampala Capital City Authority in liaison with Police in evicting people in the wee hours of the night.

“Their action is inhuman and a violation of rights, people cannot be relocated at night” Simbwa said. Besides the short notice, there was no rush for KCCA to rush with the eviction without compensating the affected people.

He expressed shock by government failure to honor their promise to settle the affected people through the resettlement action plan before the initial eviction could start.
He cautioned the people not to lose hope as the matter is on the floor of Parliament for discussion, with a call for timely payment of compensation and appropriate relocation.

The eviction comes at a time when Kampala Capital City Authority together with Rift Valley Railways Uganda Limited (RVR) and Uganda Railways Cooperation (URC) announced plans to revamp railway transport system in the city.

In a subsequent notice, residents of Busega, Nateete, Nalukolongo, Ndeeba, Kibuye, Katwe, Namuwongo, Kinawataka, Banda, Kireka, Bweyogerere and Namanve were given 28 days to vacate the reserve.

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