Eviction of UBC TV Staff Starts

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The process of evicting hundreds of workers of the president's office at State House Annex, Nakasero, has on Saturday begun with the investors ferrying in iron sheets to fence off the area, ready to start construction. Two brothers of Sudanese origin, who intend to build a 5 star hotel there, reportedly bought the land from government. The investors are said to be linked to the Pan Afric Commodities limited, manufacturers of AYA baking floor. But the workers, some of who live within the same land housing the former Uganda Television, are not sure how they will relocate because they have not been given any money to help them move. Some of the workers who talked to Uganda Radio Network said they had not been informed fencing of the land would begin on Saturday. The UTV land houses offices for the Ministers of State for Information, that of Economic Monitoring and that of Ethics and Integrity. Three other departments of government have offices on the same piece of land but are not yet sure where government intends to transfer them. The Director of Information at the President's Office, Kagole Kivumbi, told Uganda Radio Network that the workers had already been informed of the move. But he confirmed no alternative office space has been got for them. He however denied the start of the eviction process. Cue in: iFor UBC there is##. Cue out: #of living that place. The UTV land was first built as a hospital for the colonial administration but was at the time of Independence in 1962 given to government as ministry of Information. It has since housed several government offices but with very few improvements or renovations done on the land.