Kaweri Evictions: The Tunnel is Still Dark For Victims 18 Years Down The Road.

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By witnessradio.org Team

Victims of the Kaweri forceful evictions continue to ravage in poverty with uncertainty on when they will be settled back on their land or compensated.

The over 2000 people were forcefully evicted from four villages of Kitenga, Kiryamabobe, and Kijunga among others in Mubende district to pave way for a German firm Neumann Gruppe, to start coffee growing under Kaweri Coffee plantation.

The company has since established itself on the 11.6 square miles of land displacing locals.

In a meeting attended by members of the civil society under different Non-Governmental organizations including Witnessradio.org, the locals decried the delay in attaining justice from government.

They demanded that government respects the decision by court to pay damages to them so they can find alternative land where they can settle.

On 28 March 2013, High court judge Choudhry Singh ruled that the plaintiffs had been illegally evicted without being compensated adequately and ordered compensation of 37 billion shillings.

“All these people do not have where to stay, many have since died due to coldness, and all we are saying is that, let us be compensated.” Peter Kayiira the lead petitioner in the case filed by the residents said.

Kayiira and the residents were speaking to members of the civil society from different countries that included Uganda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Netherlands among others at a meeting organized in Kaweri to share experiences.

The Coordinator Fair green and global project, under Action aid, Jennipher Achaloi said as members of civil society they have joined forces to ensure that justice prevails.

“For the last 18 years we have been in touch with the residents to ensure that they get justice, they went to court which ordered that compensation be made to them but this has never happened, we are still engaging government but we also noticed that we need to move as a team and this is why all organizations are joining effort to ensure you get justice.” Achaloi told the residents.

The organizations include Action Aid, Witness radio, Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability, NETPIL, Uganda Land Alliance, PILAC, HURINET, FIAN and ISER among others.