200 Families Face Eviction from Departed Asians' Houses

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He says that he has been served with an eviction notice to leave the house within 30 days or risk forceful eviction.

More than 200 families in Jinja occupying 60 houses owned by S. N. Gandesha and Company, an Asian firm are facing eviction after the houses were sold off to a private businessman. The houses are located on Oboja, Lubas Iganga, Main Street, Kiira, Baxi and Nile Crescent roads in Jinja municipality. It is alleged that S. N. Gandesha and Company sold off the houses to Musa Bashir, a local businessman four months ago and closed business.

Bashir has already served the occupants with eviction notices, yet many of them claim they are fully paid up for the whole year. Billy Ojambo, a resident along Iganga road is one those faced with eviction.
He says that he has been served with an eviction notice to leave the house within 30 days or risk forceful eviction. Ojambo says that he is shocked with the short eviction notice from the house he has occupied for the last 40 years yet had paid S. N. Gandesha and Company for the whole year.

He has vowed not to vacate the house despite the expiry of the ultimatum given to him. Justine Nankwanga, a resident of Lubas road plot 22 B is still puzzled with their forthcoming eviction. She wonders why S. N. Gandesha and Company sold off the houses and closed business without notifying the occupants. Mohamed Khaled, another resident faults the local leaders for conniving with rich men to evict them from houses formerly owned by departed Asians.

 He calls upon relevant Government officials to intervene and save them from being evicted from the houses saying they can still meet their rental obligation or buy off the houses if necessary. Khaled has occupied his house for the last 20 years. Grace Kirya, the Jinja central East LC 2 chairperson who has been collecting rent on behalf of S. N. Gandesha and Company, denies any involvement in the questionable evictions.  He says it is the new owner Musa Bashir of Hared Petroleum who issued the ultimatum.

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Deborah Kazoora, the LC1 chairperson Lubas road village wants government to hold such companies and managers accountable for defrauding people. Musa Bashir, the new land lord says the tenants must respect the eviction notice and vacate the houses. 

However, Richard Gulume Balyainho, Jinja Resident District Commissioner says none of the tenants will be evicted until all the complaints are addressed. He has also ordered for the arrest of the managers of S. N. Gandesha and Company who are on the run to answer charges of extortion. S. N. Gandesha and Company managed 109 buildings in Jinja before it closed early this year.