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Gov’t Starts Compensating Pader District Residents

Under first section that covered Rwekunye, Akokoro, Ibuje up to Apac town, some 395 residents were evaluated but only 320 have so far been paid in full their compensation. Without divulging the total amount spent on this, Mark Ssali, the UNRA Communication Officer told the residents are being paid compensation as per the market value of [property affected and in line with the recommendation of the government chief valuer.
President Yoweri Museveni with Lands Minister Betty Amongi during one of his recent visits in Lango

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The Government has started compensating people who were affected by the planned upgrade of Rwekunye-Masindi Port via Apac and Lira up to Acholi bur in Pader district.

Construction work to tarmac the 256km highway that goes through Akokoro Sub County in Apac district, the home of former two-time President Late Dr Apollo Milton Obote is scheduled to start early next year.

The on-going compensation is jointly being done by Uganda National Roads Authority and Ministry of lands.

Under the first section that covered Rwekunye, Akokoro, Ibuje up to Apac town, some 395 residents were evaluated but only 320 have so far been fully compensated.

Without divulging the total amount spent, Mark Ssali, the UNRA Communication Officer says that residents are being compensated as per the market value of property affected and in line with the recommendation of the government chief valuer.

 Under the second section covering Apac, Lira and Puranga Sub County, some 1,375 residents were evaluated and about 688 have so far received their money.

Ssali notes that both compensation and procurement of the contractor may be done by end of this year adding that the actual work may start early 2020.

  Robert Olinga Otolo, the Akokoro Sub County LCIII chairperson tasked residents to use the money to start income-generating activities that will improve their income. He is worried that once not spent in a good manner, this could turn out to cause more insecurity and domestic violence since some men have embarked onto marrying additional wives.

Some residents within major trading centres like Akokoro, Alenga, Ibuje, Amilo among others have received as high as 100m shillings while others who had not developed their land have been paid as low as 20m shillings.

Bosco Okello, a resident of Apac municipality whose commercial build has been affected received about 90 million shillings.

Beatrice Atim,48, a resident of Ibuje Sub County says she is still waiting for her payment since her property has also just been evaluated. This highway is considered a political obstacle to