Residents argue that the repair is going to cause damages to their plantations, houses and burial sites, and therefore should be compensated before the repairs start.
Residents want compensation before the road, is repaired and widened.
Kabonero Sub County in Bunyangabu District has suspended the
planned repair of a 2.5km Katosa - Kinyampanika road due to compensation
demands by residents.
The road, which connects Bukara parish to the Rwenzori Mountain national park,
is also a security and production road. It was budgeted to cost shillings 7
However, residents argue that the repair is going to cause damages to their
plantations, houses and burial sites, and therefore should be compensated before
Mule Jocas, a resident of Kinyampanika zone says that he has food crop gardens
close to the road and is afraid that during the grading they will be destroyed,
leaving him to starve.
He says he will not allow the grading until he is duly compensated because the
land belongs to him and not the Sub County.
“I’m asking the government to send a valuer to ascertain the impact of the
project on people's livelihoods and effect compensation if they want the
project to succeed,” Jocas says.
Immaculate Aineya, also a resident of Kabonero, notes that the planned repair
would see the road pass through their graveyard, adding that this would
tantamount to disturbing the peace of her deceased relatives because the Sub
County has no plans of relocating it.
However, the Kinyampanika zone chairperson, James Makombe, says the residents
would have dropped their interests for the sake of having the road that is in a
bad state repaired and widened.
“This road is important to everyone including farmers who use it to transport
their agricultural produce to markets in and around Bunyangabu,” Makombe
The Kabonero LC III Chairperson, John Kyaligonza, says that as a Sub County
they do not have the budget for compensation and appealed to residents to
welcome the project since it is meant to benefit them.
He further explains that if the compensation demands are not dropped, the money
will be used to repair Kitegya - Bukara road in the same area.
Bureau Chief, Rwenzori Region