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1000 People Affected by Bujagali Dam Spillover Complain Over Delayed Compensation :: Uganda Radionetwork
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1000 People Affected by Bujagali Dam Spillover Complain Over Delayed Compensation

Speaking to URN on Monday, the residents, said that following the increased water levels in both River Nile and Lake Victoria, the authorities at the dam resolved to release excess water to protect their equipment from damage. Residents claim that the excessive water washed away their homes, gardens and other projects.
Ibrahim Weiwe, a resident of Nawanpanda village, in Butagaya sub county, in Jinja district stands besides his house which was destroyed by running water spillovers.

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Over 1000 people living along the River Nile banks whose property was destroyed following water spillovers from Bujagali dam have decried delayed compensation. 

The Project Affected Persons-PAPs are found within  Jinja and Kayunga districts and Jinja city. Speaking to URN on Monday, the residents, said that following the increased water levels in both River Nile and Lake Victoria, the authorities at the dam resolved to release excess water to protect their equipment from damage. 

Residents claim that the excessive water washed away their homes, gardens and other projects.  In March 2019, Grace Mary Obedi, a government valuer together with officials from the Energy Ministry inspected the affected communities. 

They held meetings with the local leaders and registered the particulars of the affected persons with promises of compensating and relocating them to safer areas under the Kalagala offset project in a period of one month.

However, they are yet to receive the compensation.  Mariam Babirye, a resident of Busowoko central village, says that her livelihood entirely depends on agriculture. She, however, says that her garden was washed away in 2018 and currently relies on stipends from labouring on other people’s farmlands.

//Cue in: “twali nga… 

Cue out…okusoma,”///

Slyvia Nabirye, a food vendor in Bujagali zone, says that she used to earn a profit of Shillings 50,000 on a daily basis. However, the Energy Ministry officials cordoned off her premises as part of the red zone in early 2020 rendering her jobless.

//Cue in: “nali nkolaku… 

Cue out…ka’ school fees,”//

Ibrahim Weiwe, a resident of Nabukosi village says that part of their graveyard was washed away by the running water. He plans to relocate the graves to a safer area once the government compensates them.

//Cue in: “ekibanda kyange… 

Cue out…enaku mbitirivu,”//

Mathias Luwalila, a resident of Nawanpanda village heads an association of youth fish farmers, who lost 36 pounds with an estimated monetary value of Shillings 120 million. He says that they are now stuck on how to execute their future investment plans after spending two years without being compensated for the losses.

//Cue in: “engeri yetutasobola… 

Cue out:…okutukosa,”//

Jinja district LC V Chairperson, Moses Batwala says that he has often received complaints from the affected persons about the delayed compensation. He, however, says that the responsible government agencies are non-committal when they will compensate them. The Energy Ministry’s spokesperson, Solomon Muyita declined to comment about the matter because of undisclosed reasons.      

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