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Luwero District Gives Investor 14-Days Ultimatum to Demolish Perimeter Wall

In May, Victoria Sugar Limited Company embarked on the construction of a perimeter wall along the two-kilometer access road at Ndibulungi village that connects to the Kampala-Gulu highway.
Residents protesting at home blocked by perimeter wall constructed by Investor at Ndibulungi village in Luwero

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Luwero district has given an investor an ultimatum of 14 days to demolish a disputed perimeter wall constructed along the access road or face prosecution.

In May, Victoria Sugar Limited Company embarked on the construction of a perimeter wall along the two-kilometer access road at Ndibulungi village that connects to the Kampala-Gulu highway.

The company also completed the construction of the main gate and deployed a guard who restricts entrance.

However, residents and local leaders protested against the construction of the perimeter wall saying it denied the households on the sides access to the road and infringes on freedom of movement.  

According to a notice issued by Martin Paul Yiga on behalf of Luwero District Chief Administrative Officer, the District Physical committee is satisfied that the company carried out an illegal development by erecting a concrete perimeter brick wall enclosing all community access roads near his factory.

Yiga ordered Victoria Sugar Limited to immediately stop the illegal construction of the perimeter wall and demolish it to re-instate accessibility to the community not later than 14 days after receiving the enforcement notice.

Yiga added that if the company fails to comply, measures will be taken by the district to demolish the wall, institute legal prosecution, and payment of fines as well as costs incurred.

Erastus Kibirango, the LCV Chairman of Luwero District says that the notice was served to the manager of the company on Tuesday and he will personally ensure the wall is demolished within 14 days.

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Isaac Wampamba the area district councilor welcomed the notice saying the perimeter wall had affected the movement of people and their services.

The owners of Victoria Sugar Limited were unreachable for comment on the notice.

But earlier on they told URN that they constructed the perimeter wall on the two sides to protect the children from accidents over heavy traffic from the trucks and stop rampant theft of their property.

The company further said that the access road was constructed after compensating each resident with 500,000 Shillings and others 3.2 Million Shillings for the land.

URN has learnt that last month, the Company decided to petition the head of the Presidential Special Task Force on Land Matters Brigadier General Moses Shaban Lukyamuzi who visited the disputed perimeter wall and said that there was no need to stop construction since the company is trying to secure its property.