Four shot, 11 arrested in city riot
Posted Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 02:00
Wakiso- Four people were admitted to Mulago Hospital after being shot as the police tried to quell a mob blocking an alleged plan by National Housing and Construction Corporation (NHCC) to demarcate the boundaries of a 380-acre land in Kireka, a city suburb.
The police said they also arrested 11 people in connection with alleged involvement in riotous activities that paralysed economic activities in Kireka-Kasokoso, Kiganda, Acholi Quarters and Kireka D villages. These were, however, later released on police bond.
The residents said they were protesting the two-day NHCC exercise that was slated for Monday and Tuesday, saying the demarcation exercise risks affecting developments such as schools, health centres and business facilities.
The government and the NHCC in partnership with Slum Dwellers International and ACTogether, both NGOs, will implement the slum upgrade project to construct low-cost housing units to redevelop the Kireka slum into a modern estate.
However, the residents demanded compensation before the redevelopment takes place.
“We invested our money to put up developments, grave yards and businesses. If the government or NHCC want to take over this land, let there be a clear process and a land title must be showed to us,” Mr Titah Ngimah, a resident and businessman in the area, said.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi said the Force intervened to disperse the riotous group so as to maintain calm in the area.
“The riot was by people claiming that they were evicted over a project.
NHCC owns the land but there are people settling on it, meaning that they have a stake. The problem is now on the modalities on how they are going to be relocated,” Mr Kaweesi said, advising the parties to agree either on compensation or relocation.
He warned that failure to agree between NHCC and residents would cause unrest.
“This process needs a lot of sensitisation for the people to understand the purpose of boundary opening to avoid speculating but also if NHCC is to compensate, they need to first know the exact area and who occupies it,” he said.