Buyaga East MP hopeful stops eviction of residents by government

Stopped Wakiso eviction - Dr. Emmanuel Kisembo.

If elections were to be held today, then Dr. Dini Emmanuel Kisembo would be the MP elect for Buyaga East constituency.

This would not be for anything but his brevity to dare government in a litigation that has saved more than 200,000 people who were on the verge of being evicted from their land in Buskasa village, Kiira Municipality in Wakiso district.

The area has nine villages with about 1 million people living there as residents.

Government says it wanted the land for the Standard Gauge Railway, the construction of Jinja Express Highway and a port.

In making such huge infrastructure development, residents were wanted out of the land without any compensation.

But through his Health Watch Uganda, a civil society organization that advocates for health rights of Ugandans, Dr Kisembo dragged government to the civil land division in Kampala, reminding government of Article 26 of the 1995 Constitution that demands for prior and adequate compensation before one’s land is taken. He also cited Article 21 on the rights to health among others.

Speaking to TND News Uganda, Dr. Kisembo said:  “When I went to my area of Bukasa, I found people helpless, they had lost hope and as the executive Director of Health Watch Uganda, I saw a critical need to help them.”

President Museveni interested

This contemporary news website understands that the matter has attracted the attention of the number one citizen who has now asked the local community to initiate a five-man committee to meet him at State House Entebbe for further discussions on the matter

This was after he went to Bukasa only to realize that he was hoodwinked by area politicians who were playing their cards on the land for their egoistic political gains.

Dr. Kisembo has meanwhile brought to the notice of the president that government risks causing a security threat if it carelessly evicts residents of Bukasa because most of them are ex NRA combatants.

Rogers Mugisha, one of the residents is full of praise. Mugisha says they had given up because most of them could not afford lawyers to institute a suit against the government.

“If it was not for Dr. Kisembo, we would not be having homes even our own political leaders have abandoned us,” Mugisha said with hope.

This is not the first time that Mr. Kisembo is coming to the rescue of needy communities.

Around 2012, when nodding disease was at its highest peak in northern Uganda, especially Acholi sub-region, Dr. Kismebo went around districts of Agago, Lamwo and Kitgum and collected data about affected children and those who succumbed to the syndrome.

Still, with his organization, Health Watch Uganda, Dr. Kisembo then sued government and also influenced local politicians to put pressure on government to ensure it provides medical attention to the children.

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