Opposition Leaders Relaunch Campaign Against Land Evictions

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Flanked by other opposition leaders from constituencies around Kampala, Dr Besigye re-launched the campaign today in Lusanja village, Kasangati Town Council, where hundreds of residents were evicted from a 9.6 acre piece of land by city businessman Medard Kiconco.

Several opposition leaders led by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye have reawakened their campaign against land grabbing. 

In 2017, opposition leaders launched a campaign dubbed 'my land, my life' which saw them move to several parts of the country sensitizing residents on their land rights as provided for in the constitution and land laws of Uganda. They said that the campaign was intended to mobilize Ugandans to resist all forms of land grabbing.

Flanked by other opposition leaders from constituencies around Kampala, Dr Besigye re-launched the campaign today in Lusanja village, Kasangati Town Council, where hundreds of residents were evicted from a 9.6 acre piece of land by city businessman Medard Kiconco.

He notes that they can no longer watch as several individuals backed by government officials continue to torture citizens through mass evictions in the wake of fresh land evictions in the districts of Mukono, Wakiso, Mpigi and Mubende.

Besigye accuses president Museveni of fueling the evictions and later visits the affected communities to mock them disguising as their savior.
 
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Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze told the residents that watching helpless residents being brutality evicted forced her to go against the Doctors advice to go to the 'battle front' to ensure that residents are supported to fight against land grabbing.
 
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Miriam Nakayi, one of the residents who recently narrated their ordeal to president Museveni when he visited the area noted that although the president promised to help them, he never answered their questions regarding their fate which left the affected residents hanging in balance.
 
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The opposition leaders have also assembled a team of lawyers headed by Erias Lukwago and Ladislaus Rwakafuzi to help Lusanja residents seek legal redress. Lukwago says that they are determined to ensure that justice prevails.
 
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Dr Besigye donated 20 bags of cement, iron sheets, and 2.5million Shilling to aid in setting up latrines in the area after residents decried the poor health conditions in which they are living.
 
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Meanwhile, a suspected security operative has survived being lynched by the angry residents during the rally after being spotted by a woman that he has a pistol. The man in casual wear was pelted with stones as he scampered to safety.

 

Mentioned: dr. besigye