CAA Starts Compensating Arua Residents

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According to Ondoma, the remaining 152 persons, whose monies have not been deposited, are those whose account details had errors.

Civil Aviation Authority-CAA has started compensating Arua residents affected by the expansion of Arua Airfield to an international airport. Sam Ondoma, the counsel for the affected persons says 123 out of the 275 claimants have been cleared, and money deposited into their Crane Bank accounts.
 
 
According to Ondoma, the remaining 152 persons, whose monies have not been deposited, are those whose account details had errors. He says Crane Bank made mistakes while entering the details of the affected people.
 
 
Ondoma says some of the people whose relative died first have to secure letters of administration from court and clearance from the attorney general office before they can receive payment. Last week, Sam Wanekha the CAA upcountry manager blamed the delayed payment of the affected to faults in their account details.
 
 
Swaibe Toko, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Arua says much as CAA is paying the affected people as local leaders they don't have clear information. "We are also concerned as authorities of Arua and why the CAA officials kept silent without letting us know as the district leaders," Toko said.
 
 
Bernard Atiku, the Ayivu County MP which hosts the airfield has asked government to expedite the compensation of the remaining people since the value of land keeps rising. Last year, government said it has set aside Shillings 6.5 billion for the compensation of the affected residents.
 
 
The expansion of Arua Airfield started in 2009, but it was blocked by residents because of compensation issues. In the 2011 general elections, President Yoweri Museveni requested residents to offer their land for the airstrip expansion and promised to compensate them. Once completed, Arua Airport will have a capacity of 200 passengers and a 3km runway.

 

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