Residents of Bugoma landing site on lake Albert in Kyabasambu village, Buhuka Parish Kyangwali sub county in Kikuube district are in tears after Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers stormed their area on Saturday night demanding them to vacate by Sunday morning.
Speaking to our reporter this morning, Businge John the area local council one chairperson confirmed the incident and said that the fully armed UPDF soldiers arrived at around 7pm on Saturday night, and told them to vacate the area by Sunday morning.
Businge also says that they have lost a number of items including, money, domestic animals, birds, and others. He adds that due to transport challenges, many of their animals and birds have been left behind. He further notes that they were not notified to vacate the area, adding that even who were 700 m from the lake was also told to vacate.
Businge has appealed to Government to come in and witness whether that’s the right way of vacating people from their area since some don, ‘t have where to go.
“Government should come in and help people who don, ‘t have where to go”, He appeals to the government.
By the time we compiled this story, Businge said that he was out of the area, however, he said that currently there were still few people who were collecting their belongings.
When contacted on a phone call, the Albertine Regional Police Spokesperson Mr. Julius Hakiza said that Police and UPDF are working in hand to ensure that people vacate from the gazetted landing sites on Lake Albert to safer places.
He says that this is being done in order to avoid registering the death rates due to the sub merged water from the lake. He further explains that they (residents) are not being evicted from their area rather saving their lives from sub emerging water from the lake.