FILE PHOTO: Dr Chris Baryomunsi
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The State Minister for Housing, Dr Chris Baryomunsi has said government is willing to negotiate with former Nakawa-Naguru estate tenants.
Baryomunsi said the tenants should not turn to confrontational tactics in a bid to push government to address their concerns.
The former tenants on Monday issued a two weeks ultimatum, demanding a compensation plan from government or else they re-occupy the land.
They were evicted in 2005 and the land given to Opec Prime Properties-Uganda Ltd, an affiliate of the UK based Comer Group, an international commercial property company owned by Irish billionaire brothers Luke and Brian Comer for development into a satellite city.
The 1,747 tenants signed a memorandum of understanding with government which guaranteed each a house at affordable price in the estate.
Speaking to journalists at the City Hall on Wednesday, Baryomunsi said the tenants will not be allowed to re-occupy the land since it is in the hands of the government.
Baryomunsi said he will seek a meeting with the tenants or their representatives and in a bid to solve their issues.
Nakawa Mayor, Ronald Balimwezo says that the site has turned bushy and a haven for lawless persons.