Construction of Bugoma-Kalangala Road Delays Further

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Construction of Bugoma- Kalangala road was initially planned to start in 2009.

The construction of a 44km road stretch from Bugoma landing site to Kalangala town council will delay further due to the failure by the district council to determine how many people are eligible for compensation.  It is one 50million dollar projects being implemented by Kalangala Infrastructural services limited –KISL. Construction of Bugoma- Kalangala road was initially planned to start in 2009. However, the construction work didn’t take off following protests by residents for compensation.

On Tuesday, Kalangala Infrastructural Services limited again called off the launch of the construction work over from compensation by affected residents. The company instead opted to launch the construction of the road connecting BIDCO headquarters to Kalangala town council.John Opiro, the managing director Kalangala Infrastructural Services limited says they decided to start with the road connecting BIDCO to Kalangala town council and supply of water until Kalangala district council resolves the issue of claimants.
 
He explains that they have received the funds for all the projects, but they cannot embark on Bugoma-Kalangala road until the issue of compensation is resolved. There are over 5000 people claiming for compensation along Bugoma-Kalangala road. Kizito Ssajabbi, one of the residents along this road section says he will never allow the project to go through his land until he is fully compensated. He tells Uganda Radio Network that his land was valued in 2011 but until now he has not received any information on how will be compensated. Ssajabbi wants about 70 million shillings saying the road, will eat through his oranges and palm tree plantations.
 
Fred Badda, the Bujumba MP whose land is also affected says he is not ready to allow the project to start unless they are fully compensated. He has asked Kalangala district to expedite the verification exercise so that the residents are compensated. Badda wonders why Kalangala district council has failed to announce the eligible claimants yet the Government Valuer handed over his report way back. Willy Lugoloobi, the Kalangala LC5 Chairperson says the district is still verifying the names and values attached to the compensation claims to avoid conflicts.

 

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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.