Residents of Bar Ogole Parish in Lira Municipality have filed a class action suit against the Central Government, Lira Municipal council and the District Local Government.
According to the residents, they were evicted from their homes to give room for the construction of community roads under Government's Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF). After several failed attempts to secure their compensation, the residents have gone to court, seeking recompense of 200 million shillings.
During a meeting with the State Minister for Northern Uganda Reconstruction, David Wakikona, the Lira District LC5 chairperson, Franco Ojur, said the roads were build at the behest of the Bar Ogole residents. He said the matter would have been solve amicably, were it not for the interference of the matter by Presidential Assistant on Political Affairs, Moses Byaruhanga.
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Wakikona advised the district leaders to make a formal communication on the suit and the alleged involvement of the president's aide in the saga before he can take action on the matter.
NUSAF is a World Bank sponsored project that was initiated by the Government of Uganda to help the northern region recover from nearly twenty years of war.