They are Paddy Ssegilinya, Percy Kayitesi, Stecia Nakimbugwe, Siifah Nalukwaago, Molly Nanyonjo, Wilson Matovu, Rose Namabayunga, Resty Nakaweesi and Sirage Musoke.
Masaka chief magistrate’s court has summoned 10 traders in Masaka to defend themselves over their alleged refusal to vacate the bus Park to pave way for its redevelopment. They are Paddy Ssegilinya, Percy Kayitesi, Stecia Nakimbugwe, Siifah Nalukwaago, Molly Nanyonjo, Wilson Matovu, Rose Namabayunga, Resty Nakaweesi and Sirage Musoke.
They operate Kiosks in the disputed Masaka Bus Park. Recently, George William Kalumba, the Managing Director Bakalumba Enterprises ordered the traders to vacate the bus park for its redevelopment after buying the 0.4 hectare piece of land from Masaka district land board. Kalumba presented a title he allegedly acquired from Masaka district land board and ordered the bus operators and vendors to vacate the area.
He also claimed to have secured permission from the land ministry to change the user certificate because Gaso Transporters that previously used the facility had failed to redevelop it. Despite the fact that Gaso Transporter vacated the bus park, a number of traders ignored the eviction notice and continued operating normally. As a result, Kalumba dragged the traders to Masaka high court accusing them of defying a lawful court order to vacate the land to give way for the construction of a shopping mall.
This morning, Boniface Wamala, the Masaka Chief Magistrate issued summons instructing the traders to file their defense explaining why they have refused to vacate the park. Wamala ordered the traders to file their defense within one week. Wilson Matovu and Resty Nakaweesi who operate food stalls and kiosks on the disputed bus park say that they are ready to defend themselves. They argue that they were not consulted by the district land board as sitting tenants before the land was allocated to Kalumba.
The duo argues that having operated on the said land for over 20 years, they should have been consulted before a decision was taken. Matovu also says they are ready to defend their defiance anytime because part of the allocated bus park is a green space which is not supposed to be changed into shopping mall.
Recently, Masaka Municipal Council Mayor Godfrey Kayemba also protested the allocation of the bus park on grounds that the municipality has a running lease of 99years. He also said the physical planning authority will not accept the proposal to put up a shopping mall on the disputed land.
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