Masaka Residents Storm Mayor's Office over Looming Eviction

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In June, the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aheng wrote to the Masaka District Chairperson asking them to secure at least two acres of land close to the regional referral hospital on which government would construct a Regional Heart Centre.

More than 50 squatters occupying part of the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital land have stormed the office of the Masaka Municipality Mayor fearing for their eviction.
 
The residents of Kigamba-Kasubi village who have lived on the land for more than 30 years are facing eviction from the hospital land to pave way for the construction of a regional Heart Treatment Centre for Masaka.

In June, the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng wrote to the Masaka District Chairperson requesting him to secure at least two acres of land close to the regional referral hospital on which government would construct a Regional Heart Center.

Recently, Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka district chairperson and the hospital administration gave all the illegal occupants three weeks ultimatum to vacate.

On Monday, the angry residents led by Isaac Ssajjabi, the Director True Nursery and Primary School stormed the office of Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality demanding compensation before they are evicted because they have nowhere to go.

 Luganda
 
//Cue in: "tuba twagala……..
Cue out...waliwo ate."//

Hellen Nalweyiso, another resident says that the municipal authorities promised to compensate them, but are surprised that they are now being forced off the land on short notice. 

Luganda
 
//Cue in: "era bino ebiriwo…….
Cue out: …..bbiri tebatwagalawo."//.

Kayemba told the squatters that he will follow up the matter with higher authorities.

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//Cue in " kati ensonga eno……
Cue out: ……. grader tukisende."//.

Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka District Chairperson insists that they cannot afford losing the opportunity of the project. He challenged the squatters to avail the district with documents proving ownership of the land.
Masaka regional referral hospital sits on 49 acres of land. However at least ten acres are according to the administrators being encroached on.