UNRA Reviews Hoima-Kaiso Road Project Compensation

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The complaints also attracted the attention of local leaders who eventually wrote a petition to the district council demanding a review of the compensation exercise.

Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA has started reviewing the compensation of residents affected by the construction of the Kaiso-Tonya road. Since last year, the residents affected by the 92 kilometer road stretch have been complaining over poor compensation despite losing valuable property to the road works.

The complaints also attracted the attention of local leaders who eventually wrote a petition to the district council demanding a review of the compensation exercise. In response, UNRA is now reviewing the exercise. Engineer Jonathan Wazimbe, the UNRA Hoima station Engineer says the consultant is now on ground holding meetings with the affected persons and taking note of their concerns.

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According to the schedule obtained by Uganda Radio Network, the exercise started last week. It will end on February 28. MAPCON Consults hired by government to implement the compensation exercise are now on ground in the areas of Buseruka, Kitoba and some parts of Hoima municipality meeting the affected persons.

In a telephone interview, Geoffrey Komakech the Buseruka district councilor said the review has been long overdue. Komakech says there was no way people would own the road project after being cheated. Komakech is one of the three councilors that petitioned the district council in March last year demanding a review of the compensation exercise.

OnThursday last week, a group of lawyers under Advocates for Natural Resources Governance and Development warned they would take government to court if the road compensation exercise is not properly reviewed. Frank Tumusiime, one of the lawyers said they had received more than 100 complaints from the affected residents as they get ready to engage government in court.

More than 1,500 residents lost land, houses and other property to the Kaiso-Tonya road project. The road now under construction links Hoima town to the oil fields in Kaiso, Tonya parish Buseruka Sub County.