Ugandans living in the areas where the Uganda railway line passes through especially in Kampala are in fear of being evicted from their land without compensation.
It should be noted that the Uganda Railway Corporation is in plans to revive the long-forgotten rail lines in a bid to boost different sectors of the economy.
The majority of the residents facing eviction are from Kiira Municipality and Nakawa division and their fears intensified after the arrival of three new locomotives.
While speaking to the press, the state Minister for Works and Transport Musa Ecweru said that they are putting resources both material and human to resuscitate the railway network.
“We must put resources both material and human to resuscitate the railway system. Today we have been able to receive three locomotives that the government of Uganda was able to procure from South Africa. Fairly modern locomotives that are going to change the equation.” Hon Ecweru said while receiving these locomotives on Friday last week.
The locals however yesterday 5th September 2021 met with the area leaders and Uganda railway corporation officials to discuss how the eviction is going to be carried out.
The locals said that they bought the that they are currently occupying and should therefore not be pushed off without compensation.
These added that they are legally the owners of the land they occupy and possess the rightful agreements too.
Nakawa West Mp Hon Joel Senyonyi questioned why the corporation is considering evicting the locals at this moment yet the government upheld all evictions amidst the pandemic.
“I raised this particular issue on the floor of parliament and the speaker asked the Transport minister to bring a report to parliament but as we wait for the report I engaged with the state minister for transport since Gen Katumba Wamala is out of the country receiving medical attention.” Hon Senyonyi said.
Kiira Municipality and Nakawa division leaders have also been disappointed in how the process is taking place.
These also wondered why the official notification of the pending evictions was yet to appear in their offices
These say that they expected to be consulted first since they are not against the government development plans but have to fight for their people.