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Compensate land owners in time Rugunda asks UNRA

KAMPALA, Uganda–The prime Minister of Uganda Dr Ruhakana Rugaunda has asked Uganda National Roads Authority to always compensate people affected by infrastructure projects in time to avoid conflicts between contractors and the land lords.

Rukutana noted that failure to pay the affected community in time on many occasions has increased the costs of government infrastructure projects especially in the road’s sector.

The premier made the call in Masindi district during the ground breaking ceremony for the upgrading of Kigumga – Bulima –Kabyoye roads. 

“Infrastructure development is good for the general public but for the community to benefit effectively those affected by the project should be settled out in by compensating for their properties. Delay in effecting compensation has legal implications that is why government is spending a lot of money in settling out court cases,” The Prime Minister said

He said government is committed to improve the country’s infrastructure which is key in supporting economic growth.

Speaking at the same event, the Minister for Works and Transport Monica Azuba challenged the local communities from the two district of Masindi and Kiryandongo who are the beneficiary of the road project to support the contractor in executing the project in time.

UNRA Chairperson Board of Directors, Fred Omachi said all the affected communities will be compensated in time but this does not mean that the project cannot commence.

“All those communities who will be affected by the project are going to be compensated by the government of Uganda “   He assured the communities.

According to the information  available at UNRA , payment for the section of Masindi – Kigumba  is expected  to be  completed   by the end of  May 2018 While update  of the valuation report  and payment  of the affected persons  of  Masindi-Bulima  section,  is excepted  to be completed  by the end of June 2018.

The Kigumba – Bulima –Kabyoye road project is one of the priority national roads that was selected for upgrade from gravel to bitumen standard under the government of Uganda’s 10 year rolling road sector development program.

The road project is being financed with loans the government of Uganda applied from the African Development Bank and the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Government of Uganda.

The total cost of the project is estimated at UGX 159.9billion inclusive of all taxes and the main and contractor to execute the 135KM road project is China Railway NO 5 Engineering Group co. Ltd.

The objective of the road project is to improve road access to social –economic facilities and quality of transport services in western Uganda. The expected outcome of the project will include reduced transport costs, improved access to economic and social facilities and increased mobility.

Masindi District Chairperson Cosmas Byarahunga urged UNRA to ensure that the contractors consider local people first when recruiting for man power to work for the project.

“As local leaders we want the contractors to embrace local content when executing the project we have professional people and local companies that can be subcontracted to supply goods and services to the main contractor” He said.