Army Evicts Encroachers on Masaka Air Field Reserves

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The army has resolved to evict more than 20 families who have been occupying the Masaka Airfield Reserve, at Bwala Hill in Masaka district. The decision was reached on Monday during a meeting convened at the offices of the Resident District Commissioner, Bamusedde Bwambale. The meeting was attended the UPDF Armored Brigade Commander, Brig. James Mugira, Army Land Board Official, Major General Joram Mugume, Masaka Mayor, Tebyasa Matovu and the Southern Regional Internal Security Officer, Emmanuel Musinguzi. During the meeting, Emmanuel Musinguzi, the Southern Regional Internal Security Officer, noted that the people have been illegally occupying the airfield reserve and must be evicted. He noted that the evictions will begin next month. According to Musinguzi, the encroachers were given an eviction notice and sufficient time to find alternative places to relocate to. But the affected persons who include the Rakai district chairperson, Herman Ssentongo, have refused to leave the airfield reserve. Ssentongo claims that he bought the land legally and has documents to support his claims. He however maintains that the evictees must be compensated for their properties. The meeting also resolved to investigate reports that some leaders in Masaka Municipality connived with members of the district land board to procure the Bulakati air field, in Lukaya town. The army also plans to evict encroachers on Bulakati airfield. But Ssaali Kiddu, the Lukaya town council chairperson, says that his people have not yet been notified about the planned eviction. Ssali is also unhappy about the eviction because of the multi-million development projects that have emerged so far. A multi-million market, a play ground and a health centre are some of the developments established on the Bulakati air fields.


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