Blog by Ssendegeya Jonnathan
KYCTV youth Kawempe
Everyone dreams to own a building in the capital, even if it is single roomed. These are some of the residential and rentals which were once great in the region of Bwaise kawempe division in Kampala the capital of Uganda but now are abandoned for years.
This wasn’t the government eviction policies like one of you may suppose but nature dictated their forced eviction as the place flooded to dogs whether it rained or not. When you reach here you may think these properties have no owner but when you encroach them you realize the owners are still alive but even not willing to sell the premises, “we still have hope that we can have something great again in this place that’s the reason why we can’t sell it out…” one of the owners explain. No wonder they still say homeless but not hopeless
But this has become hideouts for thieves who make sleepless nights for the residents of Bwaise and youths who resorted to drugs and engage in different kinds of crimes making the slums of Bwaise one of the most dangerous slums in Kampala. Local leaders say these are the children who have grown up in this place even if you imprison them their parents claim them out which makes the trend continues.
Lives of many urban poor continue to live in such inhumane conditions, these have become breeding grounds that make slums difficult places for decent living.