Lutaaya had refused to vacate the house for which he had earlier been compensated 165 million Shillings by the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA. The land, from which Lutaaya was evicted, is reserved for the expansion of the Entebbe Expressway in Entebbe Division A.
The land, from which Lutaaya was evicted, is reserved for the expansion of the Entebbe Expressway in Entebbe Division A.
On April 16, UNRA gave 298 million Shillings to the Municipality as compensation for the same piece of land. Of this, Lutaaya received 53 million Shillings as payment to tenants who occupied the art and craft shops in the same area. However, Lutaaya did not compensate the tenants; neither did he vacate the land.
Last week UNRA gave Lutaaya an ultimatum of one week to vacate the land. Today, UNRA held a meeting with Lutaaya, the Resident District Commissioners-RDC, Municipal leaders and the Internal Security Officer in which it was resolved that he should be evicted from the land.
However, Lutaaya defied the order which prompted the Police to apply force to evict Lutaaya from the land. Mike Kabwama Mutebi, the Division Chairperson said that Lutaaya's protest against a majority decision to evict him from the contested land was illegal since he was fully compensated.
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Mayanja Ssemazzi, the Chairperson of Entebbe Art and Crafts Association says close to 200 shops have also been demolished. They blamed their woes on the Assistant Town Clerk who never informed them about the pending eviction.
Ssemazzi indicated that the association would take appropriate steps to force Lutaaya to pay artists a disturbance fee of 53 million Shillings that was offered to the artists by UNRA.
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Entebbe Municipality Mayor Vincent Kayanja DePaul says the municipal council will take necessary steps to punish the errant officer. He said there was no cause for Lutaaya's protest because he did not own the land in question.
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Lutaaya refused to speak to the media. The UNRA communications officer Alan Kyobe Ssempebwa says all the eviction works that have done by the institution are in line with the law.