Illegal Structures Emerge Along Wobulenzi-Zirobwe Road Reserve Ahead of Compensation

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In June 2014, Uganda National Roads authority carried out assessment and evaluated properties with intentions of compensating the affected people.

At least 80 illegal structures have emerged along the Wobulenzi-Zirobwe road reserves ahead of the planned tarmacking of the road. Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA is scheduled to upgrade the 25 kilometer road stretch this financial year.
 

In June 2014, Uganda National Roads authority carried out assessment and evaluated properties with intentions of compensating the affected people. UNRA notified residents about the planned eviction and destruction of some plantations to pave way for the road works. However, Dan Alinange the UNRA Spokesperson explains that before the chief government valuer completes determining how much should be paid to the affected people new structures have started emerging.
 
Alinange describes the structures as illegal saying they asked local leaders to freeze further construction because no person will be compensated. He says UNRA will only deal with genuine claimants not speculators.

On February 5th 2015, George Inyensiko, the UNRA Luweero the station engineer wrote to all Local leaders asking them to notify all residents that no person or property will be added on the earliest of items to be compensated. Persis Namuganza, the Luweero Deputy Resident Commissioner says at least 80 new houses have been built and crops planted in anticipation of huge cash in compensation.

Namuganza adds that it's sad that some residents are being mobilized by local leaders to develop the land in a bid to profit from compensation. He identifies Abdon Mugerwa, the Zirobwe LC 3 Chairperson as one of the leaders being investigated for inciting residents to construct on the road reserve.
 
 

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Abdon Mugerwa, the Zirobwe LC 3 Chairperson couldn't be reached for comment. But some of the residents such as Serusa Kiyingi, Sylvester Kabengwa and Jane Namubiru who are accused of erecting new structures defend themselves saying  they were not aware that they where they buildings in the road reserve.

But Sam Sserunjogi, the Katikamu sub county LC 3 Chairperson will not have any of this. He insists majority of the residents were aware of the planned road works but only want to defraud government. Sserunjogi has asked UNRA to speed up the compensation of the affected residents to control such dubious claims.

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In 2013 and 2014, construction of several roads that include Kampala-Entebbe Highway, Bugoma-Kalagala, Gulu-Atyak-Nimule and Vurra-Arua-Koboko roads among other hit a snag over dubious compensation claims.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.

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