Hundreds forcibly evicted in Gayaza

By Kelvin Atuhaire

More than 200 residents of Farm zone, Lusanja, Gayaza in Wakiso District were on Friday forcibly evicted.

It is reported that a businessman identified as Medard Kiconco, who owns a factory in the area bought the estimated nine acres of land, on which the evictees have been living for about five years, from a one Namasole Bagalayaze.

Residents stranded with their property after

Residents stranded with their property after they were evicted from their houses.

Residents say Mr Bagalayaze had leased out the said to them before selling it to Mr Kiconco and they expected to be compensated which wasn’t done.

The Kasanganti Town Council mayor, Mr Tony Kiyimba Sempembwa, said the residents were surprised when they woke up to find they were surrounded by armed police men protecting civilians armed with hammers ready to knock down their houses yet they have never been served with an eviction order.

“We have never got any court eviction order. They have never compensated the people of Lusanja. We were just still in talks with Mr Kiconco and other leaders to get to the bottom of the matter. The residents were supposed to be compensated first before their eviction because they had bought the plots of land,” he said.

Mr Kiyimba said they have been handling the matter with the help of State minister for Primary Education, Ms Rosemary Sseninde, who doubles as the Wakiso District Women MP.

Some people were seen getting their property out of the houses and those who tried to resist were fed on teargas. Banana plantations and houses were razed to the ground.
Meanwhile, one resident was injured as he tried to resist eviction.

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