Records at Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) indicate that at least 80 people affected by the project in Nwoya, Pakwach, Madi-Okollo and Arua districts have rejected the compensation over alleged undervaluation of their properties.
According to the draft property valuation roll, a total of 7,230 properties have been assessed in the city to be taxed in the next five years. Of these 4,048 properties assessed are from Ayivu division; the remaining 3, 182 are from Arua central division.
Among the key features of the draft physical development plan, a total of 76Km new roads have been proposed to supplement the existing 206Km access roads. Furthermore, the draft physical development plan also proposed inner and outer ring roads of 25.7km and 10.6km respectively.
At Arua Avenue Road, the entire walkway stretching from Arua City Officers up to the Bank of Uganda regional currency center which is over three hundred meters is covered by merchandise ranging from second-hand clothes, shoes, and foodstuff.
Moses Adriko, the Secretary for finance planning and administration says that the city is choking with unpaid utilities in the market since the vendors have not been paying the dues. He further expressed fears that the market risk operating without the utilities if the matter is resolved.
Under the initiative at least 65,000 low cost housing units will be constructed through the partnership to benefit the farmers as well as reviving the defunct infrastructures at the 23 primary societies of the cooperative union.
Farmers and locals in West Nile have been stuck to growing tobacco and Simsim as their main source of income over the years. But the leaders have now commenced a transition from traditional tobacco growing to horticulture for both food and employment purposes.
Mercy Munduru, the coordinator of the Citizens Action for Improved public service Delivery (CAIPS), a coalition that has been championing the fight for a stable and reliable power supply in West Nile, says that it’s sad that the region remains the only one in the country that is yet to be connected to the national grid.
According to the design, the monument is expected to be 49.5 meters high and will comprise three giant advertising screens, a museum, a coffee restaurant, and a viewing tower among others. However, the residents say the monument could turn into a blackspot for accidents because of obstructing road users.
Paul Batanda, the Arua City clerk says that he received instructions from the Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Local Government, Ben Kumumanya to relieve Wanje of his duties. He has since appointed Zubeda Shida Olekua to serve as acting town clerk.
Juliet Mubi, a Public Relations Officer at NFA regrets the delayed issuance of a permit for the proposed development by the Arua City authorities. She says NFA followed the right procedure in leasing the forest land to Oguzu.
The vendors in the market suspect that the despicable practice is being perpetrated by intruders, especially at night. They say that the suspected intruders normally sneak into the market in the evening and hide inside some of the unoccupied stalls on the first floor and thus get locked inside the market.
The construction of the facility was expected to be concluded by June 2021. However, the developer asked for additional time to complete the works following COVID-19 challenges. Although the project was expected to be ready for a phased opening to the public by March 2022 this has not happened.
The death started occurring on Friday until Sunday morning while several other victims are hospitalized. According to police, seven of the deaths occurred in Mvara and Oluko suburbs in Arua city and seven others in Madi Okollo district.