Compensation Squabbles Slow Entebbe Expressway Completion

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Robert Mukasa, one of those who havent been compensated told URN that the delayed compensation was a result of the poor documentation of land titles. He says that they cannot vacate the said land until their payments have been effected.

The delay in compensating landowners in Abayita ababiri, a busy suburb along the Entebbe expressway extension route has slowed down the pace of the road construction.

Part of the expressway stretching from Busega in Kampala to Mpala in Katabi Town Council and an adjacent stretch to Bunga, from Kajjansi Town Council was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni last month. However, the road extension from Mpala to Entebbe International Airport remains under construction.

Whereas part of the works has been completed in areas from Katabi Town Council headquarters to Victoria Mall in Entebbe, works in abayita ababiri have stalled as a result of compensation squabbles involving four landowners, a fuel station and a number of other residents who received compensation but never vacated the land.

Robert Mukasa, one of those who haven't been compensated told URN that the delayed compensation was a result of the poor documentation of land titles. He says that they cannot vacate the said land until their payments have been effected. 
 
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The construction of the 49.56 km expressway and its extension to the airport was undertaken by the China Communication Construction Company - CCCC at a cost of USD 476 million (about 1.8 trillion Shillings). 

The delay in completion has led to increased dust in Abayita ababiri town which has negatively impacted businesses in the area, according to Richard Kalema, one of the residents. Other places that haven't been completed stretch from Victoria Mall to the airport.

The completion of the unfinished stretch according to the UNRA Communications Manager Mark Ssali is expected before the end of 2018. He also indicated that UNRA will compensate the few remaining landlords before the end of August to pave way for the road construction. 

A fortnight ago, UNRA forcefully evicted Dan Fred Lutaaya from a plot of the land annexed to Entebbe Division A offices when he refused to vacate a plot of land he rented yet he was compensated 153 million Uganda Shillings.