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Uganda: We need lasting solutions, Lusanja evictees tell government

Kampala. Residents of Lusanja Village, Sekinyonyi Zone 1, Kiteezi Sub-county, Wakiso District, yesterday demanded solutions from their leaders having been evicted two months ago.

The residents holding sticks, placards and other rudimentary weapons charged towards State House Nakasero with an aim of meeting President Museveni who promised them homes and a new life.

However, they were intercepted by police. Although they regrouped hours later in Kalerwe, a city suburb they were blocked by uniformed men who fired teargas and live bullets in the air to disperse them.

Having failed to meet the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, last week the victims gave government up three days to have their issues resolved.

Despite earlier being called to Buganda Road to settle the case, the residents allege they are not satisfied with the way their issues are being handled.

Mr Fred Kanyike, the Sekanyonyi Zone 1 chairperson, yesterday said many families have been left in disillusionment as they can hardly sleep as the few tents they were provided with have started wearing out.

“It is not that we are rebels. We bought this land and we have documents. Why are we suffering like this and why have our leaders looked away on us? What we need urgently is tangible help for the pregnant mothers, newly born babies and the elderly,” he said.

Ms Susan Munene, a victim, said they had not received any help other than the iblankets, mattresses, tents and food from the President which they were given immediately after the occurrence.

“No one has come to our rescue; we wonder where our MPs and President are. This matter started long ago, it should have been solved before we reached here,” she said.

Mr Apollo Kantinti, the former Kyadondo East MP, said the matter was brought to his attention but because of the endless battles in court, he could not get time to settle it.

Mr Don Wanyama, the senior presidential press secretary, told Daily Monitor in an interview last week that different stakeholders had been directed to provide immediate help to the affected families as a long lasting solution was underway.

By Daily Monitor

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