Bunyoro, Hoima District Clash Over Road Compensation

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In short
Edmond Mugisha, the Kigumba-Kyenjojo road Project Manager from Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, says that they have failed to hand over the disputed land to the contractor because Hoima district has refused to endorse the compensation papers of the affected institutions.

The dispute between Hoima district and Bunyoro Kingdom has affected the compensation of 32 entities affected by the construction of the road stretch between Bulima and Kabwoya along the Kigumba-Kyenjojo Highway. 




They include schools, health units, and Parish and Sub County headquarters. The 66km road stretch being constructed by China Railway Number Five.
 

 
Bunyoro Kingdom has been demanding to be in charge of the compensation process, saying the affected institutions sit on its land. However, the district insists the affected institutions belong to government, which means the district should supervise the compensation.



Edmond Mugisha, the Kigumba-Kyenjojo road Project Manager from Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, says that they have failed to hand over the disputed land to the contractor because Hoima district has refused to endorse the compensation papers of the affected institutions.
 
 
He says the failure to handover the land to the contractor in time makes the process costly because they have to compensate the company for lost time. Apparently, the contractor has skipped the disputed areas and went on to work in other areas.
 
 

On Wednesday, UNRA convened a meeting at Hoima Resort Hotel to try and mediate the feud between the district and Bunyoro Kingdom to pave way for the compensation of the affected institutions.
 
 
During the meeting Bunyoro Kingdom officials led by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Lands Minister, Joseph Exaviar Kiiza, insisted that the disputed properties sit on restituted land.
 
 
Runyoro
 

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The Hoima Chief Administrative Officer, Abdul Batambuze told the officials that their interest is to supervise the compensation process since the affected institutions are under the district and not to spend the money.

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Kadiri Kirungi, the LC V Chairman Hoima District called for dialogue with the Kingdom to resolve the feud. He said it wouldn't be good for the leaders to be seen fighting for money that is meant to develop their area.
 
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Moses Mubiru, the Managing Director Stainfield Property Partners that was contracted by UNRA to validate the affected properties, faulted the district for failing to declare its interests when strip maps and lists of properties and affected persons were released in 2015.
 

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The two parties failed to strike a compromise and agreed to convene again on Tuesday next week in the office of Bunyoro Kingdom prime minister to resolve the stalemate and report back to UNRA within two weeks.
 
At least Shillings 7 billion has been earmarked for compensating the affected institutions in the disputed area.  Most of the private individuals in the affected areas have already been paid off. 

 

About the author

Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.