UNRA Set to Compensate Manafwa Residents

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George Ssonko, the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA Mbale Station Engineer, says they are waiting for approval from the Chief Government Valuer this week before they start verifying the project affected person and start compensating them.

Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA is set to start compensating some of the residents affected by the forthcoming construction of Bumbobi, Bubulo and Lwakhakha road in Manafwa district.

 
George Ssonko, the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA Mbale Station Engineer, says they are waiting for approval from the Chief Government Valuer this week before they start verifying the project affected person and start compensating them.
 
 
According to Ssonko, government has already released Shillings 13.2 billion of the Shillings 20.7 billion needed to compensate more than 1,229 people in Mbale and Manafwa district projected affected persons. The 44 Kilometer road project is expected to cost Shillings 141 billion.

 
Ssonko explains that the African Development Bank has already released Shillings 70 billion for the first phase of the project that will cover 20kilometers from Bumbobi to Kufu trading center in Manafwa district.

 
He says the remaining section will be handled once they receive additional funding. Mark Ssali, the UNRA Head of Public and Cooperate Affairs, has asked the residents to prepare to vacate to pave way for the road works.
 
 
James Khapesa and Samuel Wekunya, two of the affected residents, say they will only vacate once they are fully compensated.  China State Construction Company has already set up camp along the road, which connects to the Uganda-Kenya board at Lwakhakha to start work once the compensation is done