Masaka Dismisses Compensation Claims from Tenants

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As a result of the eviction notice, the affected tenants asked the municipality to compensate them and allocate them an alternative place to relocate their families.

Masaka municipality has rejected calls to compensate tenants facing eviction from buildings in the main taxi park over poor sanitation. Late last year, Charles Kalule, the Health Inspector Masaka municipality issued an eviction notice to more than 50 tenants to vacate buildings in the main taxi park by the end of January 2013. As a result of the eviction notice, the affected tenants asked the municipality to compensate them and allocate them an alternative place to relocate their families.
But Johnson Baryantuma, the town clerk Masaka Municipal council says that no compensation will be paid to the affected families because they don’t deserve it. He faults the landlords who rented out space to the families for violating their agreement with the municipality. Baryantuma says that under the lease agreement, the affected buildings were supposed to accommodate lock up shop, barbershops, restaurants and kiosks. Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Mayor Masaka municipality says that they plan to reposes the houses left by the tenants.

He claims that the lease offered to the occupants of the buildings by the municipality expired, adding that they are not ready to renew the leases. Kayemba explains that the municipality can’t renew the lease because the occupants of the buildings have failed to renovate and redevelop them.

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But Moses Kayondo, one of the affected land lords says that he is not yet aware of the development because they have not received any notice from the municipality. He accuses the municipality of failing to consult them before making the announcements. Kayondo claims that he decided to accommodate tenants after failing to get traders to set up lock ups in the building, since the taxi park remained after it was abandoned by taxi operators for sometime.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.