President Museveni yesterday ordered for an immediate end to the unlawful demolition of close to 350 residences on a disputed land in Lusanja, Wakiso district.
Addressing some of the people who have been affected by the evictions, the president ordered a probe into the matter by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Land Committee .
The land in question was reportedly bought by Medard Kiconco, a businessman. There were also allegations that Gen Caleb Akandwanaho (aka Salim Saleh), Museveni’s younger brother was involved in the mess.
At the meeting Museveni was forced to telephone Saleh to seek clarification but the general did not pick his brother’s call.
Many of the helpless residents had spent nights in the cold, wondering where to go next. Some of them claimed that they have lived on the land for decades and that the investor had not compensated them.
The meeting was attended by the land probe members, MPs and security officials.
Bamugemereire informed the president that the residents had tabled their grievances before her committee which had ordered Kiconco not to carry out any eviction.
But to her surprise, Kiconco using a questionable court order went ahead to evict the people.
Museveni directed an immediate halt to the demolition that has left hundred homeless.
“We cannot allow this to continue. We resolved all the land matters when we made the Land Act,” Museveni said.
Museveni then ordered the DPC of Kasangati, Jeffrey Magyenzi, to ensure that the residents are protected against further eviction.
After the meeting, the locals started dismantling the iron sheets that had been used to fence the land.