Ethnic Sentiments Take Center Stage in Masaka Hospital Land Dispute Top story

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Some of the squatters claim they are being targeted because of their Rwandan origin. Led by Eric Ssenzoga the Kasubi village Defense Secretary, the squatters claimed that some of the leaders have resorted to using megaphones to ridicule them, saying Rwandese have no right to settlement in the area.

Ethnic sentiments have taken center stage in the land dispute pitying Masaka Regional Referral Hospital against dozens of squatters. Masaka Regional Referral Hospital wants the squatters to vacate its land in Kasubi village to pave way for expansion.

The hospital has been struggling to evict close to 100 households with the help of the district chairperson from the contested land since July this year, saying the need it to construct a regional heart institute. On Wednesday, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Joe Walusimbi convened a meeting to try and arbitrate between the hospital management and the squatters.
 

 
However, some of the squatters claimed they are being targeted because of their Rwandan origin. Led by Eric Ssenzoga the Kasubi village Defense Secretary, the squatters claimed that some of the leaders have resorted to using megaphones to ridicule them, saying Rwandese have no right to settlement in the area.
 
 
Ssenzoga argues that many of them obtained tenancy agreements from Buganda Land Board and are not ready to leave without compensation.
 

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Samuel Kalyango, another resident warned that the sectarian talk may trigger tempers and force them out of any negotiations. He demanded that the hospital management first opens the boundaries of the hospital land because they can negotiate.
 

 
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Cue out: …ttakka lya ddwaliro."//

 
Walunsimbi pleaded with the affected households to remain calm as they wait for the outcomes of the discussions between the central government and Buganda Kingdom officials to address the question of the land ownership. 


He also instructed police to confiscate all megaphones being used to fuel the sectarian sentiments in the area and arrest whoever is involved.
 

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Cue out: …..muki awanike omukono."//

 
Jude Muleke, the Chief of Kimanya-Kyabakuza sub county under Buganda Kingdom cautioned residents against resorted to the tribal card, saying it undermines the principal of harmonious living and national development.