The Adhoc committee on land compensation led by Veronica Eragu Bichetero has been investigating the compensation of property owners by the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development in Bunyoro and Buganda regions.
“The contract has been awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and China Railway 19th Bureau Group (U) Ltd. The civil works will soon commence; the project is expected to be delivered in a period of 30 months with defects liability period of 12 months,” Ssali told Uganda Radio Network.
Robert Mwanguhya, the Hoima district physical planner says projects have brought in workers who need accommodation in an area which was once deserted and visibly has a shortage of accommodation facilities. These projects are expected to employ as many as 100,000 people in the construction phase and up to 2,000 in full-time jobs.
A member of the committee who preferred to remain anonymous said the members unanimously rejected the bill because the Minister failed to convince them that there was a need to amend article 26 to ensure that Government can forcefully acquire land.
Addressing journalists this morning, the Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Betty Amongi, explained that the money was lost in paying fines to contractors for idle machinery due to stalled projects because of compensation disagreements.
Kermundo, whose mandate involves carrying out valuation of all government Ministries and Departments, stunned the Commission when he disclosed that the Lands Ministry has been operating for the last fifty years without a policy on land acquisitions, resettlement and rehabilitation.
The appeal comes barely two months after oil exploration giants Total, CNOOC and Tullow developed Ugandas Albertine Graben land acquisition and resettlement framework bringing the country another step closer to exploiting its vast oil reserves.