Evicted family of 10 sleeps under tree
Posted Tuesday, February 19 2013 at 02:00
Ms Kafuko says they were beaten and evicted in front of police officers, who later arrested her husband.
A family of 10 in Ssindi village, Kasawo Sub-county in Mukono District has been left homeless after they were kicked out of the house they were occupying two weeks ago.
The family, which is now sleeping under a tree and without food, includes the father, Mr Abdulah Mayengo, the mother, Ms Margret Kafuko, with their eight children.
According to Ms Kafuko, they were renting, but when they failed to raise the money for February, the landlord evicted them.
“When we were chased and my father-in-law, Mr Tamale Missi, invited us to occupy a house in the village because it was free. A day after we arrived, Mr Nicholas Jemba, one of the family members, came and ordered us out,” Ms Kafuko said.
“When we tried to tell Mr Missi, Mr Jemba responded by hiring people to throw us out, beating us in the process.”
She said later that day, Mr Jemba came back with police who arrested her husband and took him to Nagalama Police Station where he is still being held.
“The two times I have been beaten by Mr Jemba’s people, LC 1 chairman John Mwase and the police were around, but they did nothing to protect us. My husband was arrested for nothing, and he has been detained without a case against him,” Ms Kafuko said.
She added that three of her children were now sick with malaria because of sleeping outside in the open.
When contacted, Mr Mwase only said whatever was said about him were “false accusations” before switching off his phone.
Efforts to reach Mr Jemba were futile as his known phone was switched off.
Mukono District police commander Alfred Bangambaki said he was not aware of the case, but promised to follow it up. He said he would begin with why Mr Mayengo was arrested.