Residents accuse the Chinese firm of destroying their properties that include homes, crop gardens and blocking community water sources because of stone quarrying activities in the area. On Wednesday, the affected residents blocked the company workers from accessing the stone quarry found on their village.
of Kyagunda village in Bukulula Sub County in Kalungu district are up in arms
against Hanan Construction Company Limited, which is constructing Nyendo-Bukakata
road for destroying their property.
Residents accuse the Chinese
firm of destroying their properties that include
homes, crop gardens and blocking community water sources because of stone
quarrying activities in the area.
On Wednesday, the affected residents blocked the
company workers from accessing the stone quarry found on their village. They
blocked the road protesting whey they described as arrogance of the
Josephine Ganaafa and Godfrey Baganza, some of
the affected residents accuse the contractor of using very old trucks that ram
into people’s plantations and homes.
He explains that his house was
knocked down by an over-speeding truck but the contractor is reluctant to compensate
him for the loss.
The enraged residents also accuse the company
drivers of driving recklessly, which exposes the lives of the residents at
//Cue in: “n’emulugunya Kampuuni…..
Cue out; …..byonna ebyabaddewo.”//
Richard Kiwanuka, the Kyaggunda Village Chairperson
says that he has continuously asked supervisor of the contractor to restrain
their drivers from misconduct in vain.
claims that some of the drivers behave the way they do deliberately because they
usually siphon fuel from the trucks
in: “kuba emmotoko ezo….
out; ….alinga atyo.”//
The tense situation in the area took the
intervention of Fahad Mutangizi, the Community Liaisons Officer from Hanan Construction Company
to apologise to residents for the loses they had suffered.
told the affected residents that the contractor will send in an evaluation team
to assess the damage caused for possible compensation.
Hanan Construction Company Limited was
subcontracted by Arab Contractors Uganda Limited to construct Nyendo-Bukata
road with funding from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
to the tune of Shillings 165.5 billion.