By Namaato Shamillah
Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, has claimed that the impending eviction of over 400 residents from a piece of land in Kamyoka is only aimed at him because of his political ambitions.
Bobi Wine was speaking at a meeting convened Tuesday by local leaders for the families in ghetto zones of Mulimira, Kisenyi and Old Kira Road, who are most likely to be affected should the eviction happen.
The disputed land, measuring about 26 acres, is located on Block 213 Plots 20-78, while other plots are marked as 1979, 20186, and 1977.
Bobi Wine who also faces eviction with the same bunch told fellow residents that they are only being used as scapegoat, but the main intention is to punish the 2021 presidential hopeful.
“The threat is mainly targeting me. In this Ghetto I am a little different from my fellow residents because when I bought the kibanja interest, I went on to buy the land interest from the owner. I know these people are being unfairly targeted because of me,” Bobi Wine said.
The legislator also warned whoever intends to approach the residents illicitly through violence to get ready for a similar reaction.
“We are sending a strong message to whoever intends to demolish our structures or attack us, you will either kills us or remain here. To my fellow residents, I will fight for you but fight for me too. Keep your leaders accountable on this and if any of them betrays you, do not trust them, including myself,” he added.
Meanwhile during the meeting, Bobi Wine and the affected residents resolved to meet the landlord M/s Pearl Hope Investments Limited to determine their fate.
“The leaders and residents of this land shall meet the landlord and find out what he exactly wants to hear from us. None of us is staying on this land illegally. I bought a plot and bought the land. I am sure many of us did that or at least did one of them. That means we are legally here,” Bobi Wine said.
How it all started
M/s Pearl Hope Investments Limited, through Lubega, Matovu and Company advocates, on March 11 wrote to Bobi Wine and 400 others notifying them of a planned eviction.
According to the letter, Pearl Hope accused Bobi Wine and the rest of trespass and erecting permanent structures on the land without consent.
The LandLord specifically accused the singer of buying a piece of land from a one Gladys Nanyonga without his consent and further constructing Ssemakokiro Plaza on the “land wherein you have your recording studios and other activities’.
“Our client on purely humanitarian grounds gives you a notice of seven days within which you should remove your developments as they constitute a nuisance therein,” a letter from the landlord’s lawyers to Bobi Wine maintains.
In 2004, the landlord attempted to evict residents in the same area in 2004 but was met with stiff resistance, hence abandoning the move.
Not the first time for Bobi Wine
In 2017, singer Bobi Wine was embroiled in a feud with Buganda Kingdom after the latter accused the former of illegally occupying a piece of land in Busabala, Wakiso District on which his famous One Love beach seats.
The feud followed the demolition of part of the beach by a grader flagged off by the Mengo establishment to the agony of the singer who claimed he was being witch-hunted.
Mengo spokesperson Noah Kiyimba in a press statement issued later, claimed Bobi Wine was informed that the lease application for the demolished land had not been approved and should therefore not carry out activities beyond the confines of One Love Beach.’
Mr Kiyimba also accused Bobi Wine’s family of threatening kingdom officials.