Anger as Kaberebere Town Council Moves to Demolish Dilapidated Houses

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In short
Patrick Kajumba, the Kaberebere town council LC 3 chairperson, says the move is aimed at getting rid of dilapidated structures that are on the verge of collapse.

Property owners in Kaberebere town council in Isingiro district are protesting a directive by the authorities to demolish their dilapidated structures. 



Last month, Kaberebere town council passed a resolution directing owners of dilapidated structures to raze them down and construct new ones within two years starting July 2017.

 
The council resolution has angered some property owners, saying the contested buildings were there before the town council was created. They instead want the town council to enact a policy stopping the mushrooming of illegal and unplanned structures.


 
Clesensio Muheirwe is one of the affected property owners. According to Muheirwe, he is unable to demolish his house because he lacks the money to construct a new one.  He says selling off his house is tantamount to taking his life.
 
 
Christopher Mahirane, another land lord says the two year period set for them to construct new houses is insufficient because they need to mobilize resources to construct the required houses.
 

Patrick Kajumba, the Kaberebere town council LC 3 chairperson, says the move is aimed at getting rid of dilapidated structures that are on the verge of collapse.
 
 
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He also says there are also very many vacant plots in the town council, which must be developed.
 
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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