Kyenjojo-Kabwoya Road Compensation Process Starts

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The consultants have already started work. John Musungu, the Chief Executive Officer Survey Consult says his team is currently doing orientation meetings with district officials in the project area. Musungu says they have already met district officials in Kibaale and Hoima districts. He adds that such meetings will be rolled down to sub counties in the project area.

Implementation of the Kyenjojo-Kabwoya road Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) has started. Government has contracted Survey Consult, a Kampala based consultancy firm to implement the RAP.
 
The consultants have already started work. John Musungu, the Chief Executive Officer Survey Consult says his team is currently doing orientation meetings with district officials in the project area. Musungu says they have already met district officials in Kibaale and Hoima districts. He adds that such meetings will be rolled down to sub counties in the project area.
 
Musungu explains that before actual compensation, his team will first conduct a review of the previous RAP to do the necessary updates. He says 5703 project affected persons are eligible for compensation. According to Musungu, the road will be 30meters wide.
 
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The RAP implementation exercise will take 20months.Dan Alinange, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Spokesperson says the rates are being updated because evaluation was done some time back. The valuation exercise was done in 2012/2013.Alinange declined to reveal how much it would cost government to compensate the affected persons, although he maintains that money is available.
 
He says government is through with the procurement process, adding that the road contract would be awarded in a months' time. The road works will be done in two phases and under different funders. The portion from Kyenjojo-Kabwoya, about 120kilometers will be done with funding from the African Development Bank while the remaining part from Kabwoya-Kigumba, about 118kilometers will be done under the Albertine Sustainable Development Project, funded by the World Bank.
 
The road works start only a few months after a petition to the speaker of parliament by residents in Bunyoro and Tooro over the delayed road works. Last year three lead petitioners, Jonathan Akwetereiho, Rodgers Kanti and Fred Banage, all from Masindi district were arrested and detained for inciting violence. They are now out on bond.
 
Fred Kakoraki, the Hoima district vice chairman is happy that the long awaited road project is now taking shape. He however demands that the project affected persons are well compensated; to avoid complaints like it were with the Kaiso-Tonya road.
 
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Money to tarmac the road has been included in the budget for five financial years in a row without any work done until now.

 

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Fredrick Kivabulaya
Fred Kiva is the URN Hoima bureau chief. Kibale, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Bulisa, and the Lake Albert area fall under his docket. Kiva has been a URN staff member since 2010.

A Journalism graduate from Uganda Pentecostal University, Fort Portal, Kiva started out as a reporter for Liberty FM in 2007 in Hoima. In 2008, he was appointed the Bunyoro Television news editor and served in that position for two years.

An all rounder, Kiva has experience in print, radio and television journalism and believes a good journalist should master all aspects of their trade. Kiva is interested in food security matters, culture and education.

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