Vice president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has issued an eviction notice to Masaka regional referral hospital to vacate what he claims to be his building within 30 days. The contested building is located on Plot 2 Bainnes Terrace, Kizungu in Katwe /Butego division in Masaka municipality.
A source at the hospital told URN that they recently received a notice from Ssekandi & Co. Advocates acting on behalf of Ssekandi instructing them to vacate the building immediately.
“Our client was entered on the register on 28th October, 2010, a copy of the certificate of the title is herewith attached” the notice partly reads.
The notice that is copied to the village chairperson and officer in charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Masaka central police station, says their client has failed to obtain vacant possession of the house because of the continued stay by medical workers.
The disputed building, which is said to have been built in the early 1990s, currently hosts intern doctors attached to Masaka hospital. Dr Nathan Onyachi, the director Masaka hospital, says he received information after assuming office in 2018 that someone was claiming ownership of the building but didn’t take it seriously.
He says the hospital acquired the piece of land hosting the contested building in 1995, adding that they have already petitioned the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Land Commission to investigate Ssekandi’s claims. According to Dr Onyachi, despite being served with an eviction notice, they will not leave the contested building until the commission pronounces itself on the matter.
Dan Mulondo, a councillor at Masaka Municipal Council faults the former Masaka District Land Board members for dubious land transactions, which he says could have affected the hospital house. He says that a big number of public land and open spaces in the municipality were allocated to private developers.
He says the council has already asked the solicitor general to intervene and help the council reclaim the lost public land and open spaces. Ali Mubiru, a resident of Kizungu has asked Ssekandi not to evict the health workers from the contested building, saying it may affect service delivery to residents since they will have to look for alternative accommodation away from the hospital.