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Police and Military clash with Hon.Joel Ssenyonyi in Nansana.

joel ssenyonyi visiting affected residents in nansana before being dispesed by police and military
joel ssenyonyi visiting affected residents in nansana before being dispesed by police and military

The leader of the Opposition in Parliament Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi has today morning faced the wrath of police and military after trying to hold an unlawful meeting with evicted residents of Nansana Ganda and Lubigi.

Honorable Joel Ssenyonyi was set to talk to the affected residents after a massive eviction by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

However, his arrival at the scene turned into chaos after the security forces started to disperse the people who had turned up for the meeting.  They were sent away and had to run for their safety after police and military resorted to using tear gas and live bullets.

According to an eyewitness, the situation was calm and there was no need for an alarm or emergency for police or military to come and intervene. But out of the blue, they appeared from nowhere and started chasing away the people who had gathered to meet their leaders.

Many of the affected residents who are now homeless and lack the basic needs of life to survive, wanted to express their grievances to their leaders.

” I have been here since 1960. I recently had a fourth medical surgery that nearly took my life. Where can I go from here?” Margret Namukasa a resident whose house was demolished by the ongoing operation by NEMA.

Many notable figures including church leaders, members of parliament, and Non-government organisations have come out to condemn the manner in which the operation was carried out.

They have advised the government to first compensate the victims and allocate a new place for the people to go before demolishing their houses and destroying the property.

” The police and military are in a panic mode. whenever they see us anywhere, they start to panic as if we are going to harm them. They should not fear us,” Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi.

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