The National Unity Platform party president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has today condemned the attack meted out on Umeme staff members a couple of days ago in Busabala.
As a long time resident of Busabala, Bobi says land ownership has shifted from the poor to the ill intentioned wealthy who positioned themselves in that area upon the construction of the Entebbe Express highway. Bobi says most of the Museveni government ministers and officials have forcefully occupied the Busabala stretch and directed the original habitats to vacate. Harsh laws have since been imposed and one could be easily shot or fed on the dogs in case he or she ‘trespasses’ on the land owned by this Mafia clique. Bobi confesses to be receiving routine phone calls from the Busabala people decrying the harassment meted out on them by the untouchable Museveni government officials. Bobi too almost fell victim when his land was nearly grabbed by unknown elements in Mengo government although he overwhelmingly won the fight.
Below is Bobi Wine’s post;
A few years ago, Busabala was our quiet neighbourhood where we lived in love and harmony. When the Entebbe express highway was proposed, powerful and well connected individuals in government rushed there and bought off most of the land from the poor inhabitants.
Since then, the story of Busabala has changed. On a weekly basis, I receive calls from the residents of Busabala complaining about the torture and suffering they have to endured under the powerful and mighty. Many have been dispossessed of their land (including myself), others are brutalised daily, and others regularly arrested.
An old friend of mine has spent several months in prison because he was found passing in the land of a minister in Busabala, and charged with trespass!
When this video of Hon. Thomas Tayebwa (MP Ruhinda North) came out, the same people called me and told me that a lot more happens away from the camera. The locals are beaten and molested daily by these people. The man who called me spoke in Luganda, “Honorable tuyambe, bananyini nsi batutigomya. Tetukyeebaka.” The words of this man disturbed me so much.
WHY DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY OWN THE COUNTRY??