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Katanga Residents Petition Court Over Makerere University’s Threats To Evict Them

Katanga Residents Petition Court Over Makerere University’s Threats To Evict Them

The residents of the Katanga favela have petitioned the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala over the frequent threats of eviction by Makerere University.

They hired Mwesigwa Rukutana & Company Advocates to represent them. Through their lawyers, 5000 residents claim that the university has violated the orders issued by the court.

In an affidavit sworn by pastor Daniel Walugembe, Twaha Jengo and David Wabwire, the Katanga residents say that through its acting security officer Ivan Tenywa, the university demolished a perimeter wall.

This happened with an intention to evict the residents. This is despite the university’s knowledge of an earlier court order to stay off.

“On July 7, 2022, at night, the fourth respondent’s (Makerere University) security officer while commanding a group of goons demolished the applicant’s perimeter wall, wire mesh fences, garage and other structures on the said land. This is happening yet the said court order is still in force and has never been set aside,” the residents say.

They said the university has adamantly continued to hatch plans with impunity to evict them from the contentious land.

The residents said the demolition altered the status quo favoring the respondents. Without its restoration, the applicant will be at a disadvantage.

This is because they will have to prove possession and occupation of the suit land. This is in the application of suits pending before the court.

According to the Katanga residents, it is only fair, just and equitable that the court grants their application. This is for restoring the status quo.

The Katanga residents ask court to take serious actions against the respondents because the latter has only one intention of evicting them.

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