Compensation Woes Mar Nansana Road Construction

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Nakkazzi notes that they are in the process of engaging the complainants to reach a consensus on the matter. The affected families declined to speak to URN, saying they cant discuss their issues in the media.

Compensation woes have marred the proposed construction of Nansana-Wamala-Katooke-Jinja Kalori road.
 
The proposed works include widening the road from the current 5.6 meters to 12 meters so as to fit standards of a developing municipality.



 
 
As a result, the municipality needs to acquire about 3 more meters on either side of the road for the construction works. Although almost 90 percent of the residents along the said road agreed to give up their land to pave way for the expansion works, some families are demanding for compensation amounting to Shillings 300 million.
 

 
Regina Bakitte Nakazzi, the Mayor Nansana Municipality, says they held several meetings with residents before they rolled out the project and explained to them the need to surrender some of their land for the good of the project since no money was allocated for compensation.

 
She however, says to their surprise three families are asking for compensation, which has affected the project implementation.

 
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Nakkazzi notes that they are in the process of engaging the complainants to reach a consensus on the matter. The affected families declined to speak to URN, saying they can't discuss their issues in the media. 



Some of the residents say if the municipality chooses to compensate the complainants; it will have to do the same for them as well. But one of the residents, Alex Kajjoba faults those pushing for the compensation at the expense of the entire community.

 
"When this road is tarmacked, we will all benefit as our area will develop. It is useless to ask for compensation," he said. Sam Mwesigwa, the Wakiso District Engineer, says they allocated the 9.5 km Nansana-Wamala-Katooke-Jinja Kalori road Shillings 800million in the first phase.
 
 
So far Shillings 279.8 million has been spent. He says they hope the first release will cover bush clearing, relocating electricity and water lines and construction of culverts. At least Shillings 19 billion is needed for the tarmacking the road at the cost of Shillings 2 billion per kilometer. Only 13.5 kilometers of the 295 kilometers of roads in Nansana municipality are tarmacked.