Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Monday played Santa Claus, the Father of Christmas, to victims of land evictions in Lusanja, Wakiso district.
“Today, I visited the people of Lusanja who were evicted from their homes, and shared with them foodstuffs and other items for Christmas,” Bobi Wine later said.
According to the legislator, the evictees do not have a roof on their heads yet, but at least they can have a decent meal with their children on Christmas day.
“I appreciate my friends who contributed to this cause. I encourage those of us who are able, to use this season to reach out to those who are less fortunate and give them a hand- the hungry and thirsty, the homeless and sick, the destitute and prisoners.”
He added: “We give not because we have a lot, but because we know how it feels to have nothing.”
Among the items Bobi Wine donated included; a bull which the people slaughtered in his presence and sacks of other food stuffs.
This month, Parliament approved a motion moved by Hon. Mathias Mpuuga (DP, Masaka Municipality) calling for the compensation of the victims of the Lusanja evictions.
The motion seeks to task Government to expedite investigations into the conduct of judiciary and police officers and other individuals involved in the illegal evictions, and bring the culprits to book.
The motion followed a debate on a report by the Attorney General, Hon William Byaruhanga on the final decision on the evictees which was presented on 11 December 2018.
The Attorney General acknowledged that the civil suit filed at the Nabweru Chief Magistrate Court in January 2017 had been mishandled.
The Prime Minister told the House that the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Preparedness has been supplying essential relief items to support the Lusanja victims, as a permanent solution is sought for.
Kiconco refuses to compensate
With the government ruling out any chances of compensating the affected Lusanja residents, whose houses were demolished, Medard Kiconco, who ordered for the action, says he will not compensate anyone.
Lands minister Betty Amongi had argued that Kiconco who got a court order fraudulently should be the one to compensate them.
Kiconco says he doesn’t know them and will not compensate them.
“I have never carried out any exercise on any land apart from that which took me to court.”
President Museveni promised the residents that if they win the court case, government will compensate them.
Kiconco says he will only negotiate if government accepts to compensate him.