President Museveni warns Against Grabbing Government Land

Friday, 10th February 2017
President Yoweri Museveni has warned people against grabbing government-owned land saying that government can use that land to put up projects that meet the needs of the citizens such as hospitals and schools.

The President was this morning speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Regional Pediatric Hospital at Lunyo Division in Entebbe Municipality.  The 23 million Euro hospital is being built by Emergency, an Italian Non Government Organization (NGO), that provides emergency medical treatment to civilian victims of war, especially in relation to landmines.

“If you are told that this is government land, please leave it,” the President said.

Mr. Museveni thanked Dr. Gino Strada, the founder of Emergency, and Architect Renzo Piano for their effort noting that the hospital will close the gap that Uganda has been having in the area of pediatric hospitals.

The hospital is expected to be opened by 2018 and is being erected on land that was previously on an Army farm.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Aceng Ruth, said the hospital that is going to offer free services, will create employment opportunities and reduce the number of medical referrals outside Uganda. She also revealed that unlike other Government Ministries, the Ministry of Health will not be affected by budget cuts in the next financial year.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Italian Ambassador to Uganda, Dominico Fornara, noted that the hospital is a brick in the long-standing relationship between Italy and Uganda.

“The major bilateral relationship between Uganda and Italy is in the health sector,” he said.
Renzo Piano, a re-known Italian Architect, who designed the hospital, stressed that it was important to ensure excellence in the health care and the infrastructure.

The founder and Executive Director of the NGO, Emergency, Gino Strada, said that the hospital aims to bringing free, high-quality medical and surgical assistance to children in Uganda in particular and Africa at large.

“We believe that health care is a basic human right and should, therefore, be available to everyone without discrimination and free of charge,” he said.

Entebbe Municipality MP, Rose Bikaako Tumusiime, commended the UPDF barracks in Entebbe for allowing civilians to access medical care. She noted that the hospital would boost health care in Entebbe.