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Compensation Delays Construction of Tereyet High Altitude Road

Construction of the 13-kilometre road stretching from Kapchorwa town to Tereyet High Altitude National Training Center in Tereyet Sub County was supposed to have started earlier last year but the more than 300 residents have since refused to vacate until they are compensated.
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The construction of the Tereyet road in Kapchorwa District has failed to take off due to compensation.    

Construction of the 13-kilometre road stretching from Kapchorwa town to Tereyet High Altitude National Training Center in Tereyet Sub County was supposed to have started earlier last year but the more than 300 residents have since refused to vacate until they are compensated. 

The road is an extension of the 75-kilometre Kapchorwa-Suam road which the contractor China State Construction Engineering Cooperation promised to constrict as a bonus.   

Four separate meetings between the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, the community and the leadership of the sub-counties have been held but have not been successful.

On Thursday, Felisto Mary Naume, one of the UNRA officials told the residents that the authority is still processing the payments and it could take longer.     

She pleaded with the residents to allow the construction start as UNRA processes the list for verification.  

“This was just an extra project on the main project of the Kapchorwa-Suam road, it is needed urgently to be constructed. We have captured your data and we now waiting for the reports which we expect between 20th and 30th of this month before the compensation starts” she said.

  The residents were however hesitant to accept the proposal by the UNRA officers saying that they have never seen any project which starts without compensating the affected persons.   

Devas Chemutai, a resident of Kamagunga village in Kwoti Sub County says that although they welcome construction of the road, he is sceptical if they will be compensated. 

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Nelson Chelimo, the former LCV Chairperson of Kapchorwa district says that the fear of the residents is genuine saying that the compensation given is supposed to enable people to re-establish themselves from the affected areas.   

He says that UNRA should have first paid the affected people as they have always done before on other roads like the Kapchorwa-Suam road.  

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