Kampala Capital City Authority has been dragged to court over demolition of property.
Residents of Mbuya, a Kampala suburb, ran to High Court’s Land Division seeking for compensation of over Shs38b from KCCA which they say demolished their property on land owned by Rift Valley Railways (RVR).
Court documents which ChimpReports has seen indicate that in 2012, officials from RVR approached the 844 residents with a proposal to buy off their pieces of land with an interest and pay for their developments so as to pave way for the passage of the New Standard Gauge Railway.
The residents, led by Ali Kiberu claim that since 1950, they have been Bibanja holders, squatters, bona fide and lawful occupants, who quietly lived and operated on the said land with the knowledge of the land lord, Uganda Railways Corporation (now RVR).
A survey was carried out by officials from RVR to determine the value of the land and the development there upon for every individual in the affected area with a view of compensating them according to the documents seen.
The residents further claim that they had applied and obtained an interim court order to prevent the destruction of their homes and business premises by KCCA pending the determination of issues surrounding their occupation on the said land.
However, even before the expiry of the appointed date of the notice and in contempt of the court order, KCCA allegedly dispatched its workers at 2:30am to carry out the demolition of homes, shops, kiosks and vandalized merchandise.