Besigye visits Kasangati land evictions, victims, offers Lawyers, building materials

Former FDC party President, Dr Kiiza Besigye is joined by Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and other FDC party leaders on a visit to the victims of the Lusanje evictions (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA- The former FDC party president, Col Dr Kizza Besigye has on Friday paid a visit to Lusanja village in Kasangati Town Council, Wakiso District where hundreds of people were brutally evicted from their land and their houses and property destroyed.

Together with other opposition leaders and legal experts who included City Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago, Besigye told locals that he and his team are well prepared to fight for them until justice is found.

“We heard about what happened here and we came not just to lament but to also fight side by side with the people of Lusanje,” he said.

Lukwago has said that the team of lawyers include among others Counsels Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, Abdullah Kiwanuka, Nathan Mpenje among others are gathering facts for the disputed land and documenting the criminal acts involved in the eviction.

“Our team is registering all the victims who they will be representing in the courts of law. They will make sure that each one if fully compensated,” said Lord Mayor.

The team has also come along with building materials that included iron sheets, construction tools and cash to help people whose homes were demolished as many were found sleeping in tents.

Besigye criticized President Museveni who he said, did not do much to help the victims.

Museveni visited the site on October 16th and halted the eviction exercise. He also promised to send logistical support to the locals.

“He came here and had courage to address people living in UNHCR tents as if he was superintending over a refugee camp of his own citizens here in Wakiso,” Besigye said.

“It’s a shame that he could come and talk casually and leave people who have no toilets, no water pints or shelter; people who pay taxes living in this dangerous situation. This is something that is extremely detestable.”

Lukwago said that Mr Kiconco only obtained eviction order from the court for 16 people but not the whole village.

Early this month, over 300 families in this area were evicted, their houses demolished and their crops destroyed on the orders of one businessman Medard Kiconco.

Mr Kiconco, who claims ownership of the 10-acre land, says he obtained an eviction order from court.



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