UNRA to Compensate People Affected by Entebbe Expressway Next month

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There is on-going agitation among landlords and Bibanja holders who accuse UNRA for alleged failure to compensate them since March 2012.

Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA will pay off land owners and Bibanja holders between Busega on Masaka road and Mpala on Entebbe road next month to pave way for the construction of the four lane dual carriage Entebbe Expressway. Dan Alinange, the UNRA spokesperson disclosed this while speaking to URN on the progress of the compensation of residents affected by the 476 million US Dollar about 1.19 trillion shillings road works.

The road works is being financed jointly with funding from Exim bank of China and Uganda Government. There is on-going agitation among landlords and Bibanja holders who accuse UNRA for alleged failure to compensate them since March 2012. The affected persons have in some areas interfered with the road works preferring that they are paid before the contractor grades through their land.

 According to Alinange, the delay to compensate the affected people was a result of the change in the payment system, which moved compensations back to the Finance Ministry. He however, says that government had set aside 200billion shillings to compensate residents along the 51Kilometre roads stretch between Busega to Entebbe airport and from Kajjansi through Lweza to Munyonyo. 

According to Alinange, over 50billion shillings has already been paid out in compensation to over 500 landlords and tenants who lost properties to the development.

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He partly faults the new land law which, recognizes the interests of both the landlord and the tenant for the delay. He says there are areas where landlords want all the compensation to go to them yet there are squatters on their land, which is causing trouble. Alinange admits that the delay to pay out the compensation is affecting the progress of the road works.

He says they expected to have handed over to the contractor the entire 30Km stretch of the express highway from Busega to Mpala by December 2013 in vain. Due to these delays the contractor has had to jump from the six kilometer stretch and commenced work at 11 kilometers. The bulk of the 200billion will go to compensate people between Mpala and Entebbe town where the road is going to be turned into a dual carriage and also people from Kajjansi through Lweza to Munyonyo where there are lots of developments.

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Alinange says there were other affected persons along the Mbarara – Katuna road, Kampala to Masaka, the Fortportal to Bundibugyo road, Gulu to Atiak, Vuura to Oraba and Koboko who will also receive their compensation this February.


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