June 15, 2013

40 Families Stranded as Mulago Evicts Staff

The families are now seeking permission from the administration of Mulago Doctor’s village to access their toilets as they figure out how to resolve their crisis.
Most than 40 families of Mulago staff workers are living in squalid conditions after they were evicted to pave way for the construction of new staff quarters. On May 29th, the management of Mulago National Referral Hospital evicted several families and demolished 26 housing units to pave way for construction of new ones.  As a result, 40 families were left with nowhere to go forcing them to relocate to Takabukirwa village, where they have set up makeshift structures for accommodation.

The area lacks running water, electricity and toilets.  The families are now seeking permission from the administration of Mulago Doctor’s village to access their toilets as they figure out how to address their plight. When our reporter  visited Takabukirwa village early this week, the eviction victims who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being reprimanded by Mulago Hospital management, claimed there were not given alternative accommodation before they were thrown out.

However, Enoch Kusasira, the spokesperson Mulago National Referral hospital says that workers were given ample time to find alternative accommodation to allow the hospital put up new houses. He explains that the staff units that were demolished were built more than 50 years ago. He also says that some of the people who were thrown as not Mulago Hospital workers but were sub renting the unit from their staff.

Kusasira says they investigate and find out if some of the complainants are genuine hospital workers before appropriate action is taken.

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