Compensation Delays Construction of Bugoma-Kalangala Road

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Opiro says the construction will begin in October after the government valuer has verified the claims and compensation paid out to the affected people.
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The construction of Bugoma-Kalangala road has failed to take off almost two years after Kalangala Infrastructural Services-KIS won the contract to execute the road works. In 2010, Government contracted Kalangala Infrastructural Services-KIS to reconstruct the 66km road stretch between Bugoma landing site and Kalangala district headquarters. The construction of Bugoma –Kalangala road is part of the 50 milion dollar projects meant to be undertaken by KIS in the district.

Other projects include the operation of Ferry services, generation of thermal power and clean water supply. John Opiro, the Managing director KIS says the construction has delayed due to compensation claims submitted by residents who are likely to be affected by the road construction. Opiro says construction will begin in October after the government valuer has verified the claims and compensation paid out to the affected people.
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Dan Alinange, the Spokesperson of Uganda National Road Authority declined to comment on the stalled road project saying that he had lost track. Uganda National Roads Authority is supposed to supervise all government road works. Alinange says that he would only comment after double checking the agreements. Fred Badda, the MP Bujumba County says they are surprised that the construction work has not started yet government released the compensation money.
Badda claims that apart from being narrow, Bugoma-Kalangala road is in a very appalling condition. He says they want the construction to start immediately because the poor state of the road has affected the transportation of goods and services across L. Victoria. Moses Mugoloofa, a taxi driver whole plies the Masaka-Kalangala route says the poor state of the road has affected his business. He says that he has experienced several tyre bursts because of the rough road. He appeals to government to ensure the road works starts before the onset of heavy rains, which might render it impassable.


About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.