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Residents Affected by Road Projects Demand Compensation :: Uganda Radionetwork

Residents Affected by Road Projects Demand Compensation

At least 700 residents in Mpigi district have petitioned Parliament claiming UNRA has not adequately compensated them for the 60km Kampala - Mityana road constructed between 2008 and 2012.
24 Jun 2023 12:46
Works and Transport Minister Gen Katumba Wamala (C). Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Persons affected by road projects are demanding expedited compensation for their land.

At least 700 residents in Mpigi district have petitioned Parliament accusing the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA of not adequately compensating them for the 60km Kampala - Mityana road that was constructed between 2008.

Denasio Sserunjogi, a resident along Katende-Bujuuko road, whose construction is yet to commence says that his land title was taken by UNRA and still waiting on compensation. He says that while it is good to have development in the area, the Ministry of Works and Transport should respect their rights.

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In Luwero District, at least 300 residents have expressed displeasure with how UNRA is handling their compensation despite the commencement of the Luwero – Kiwoko-Butalangu road project.

Through their area Member of Parliament, Allan Mayanja, the residents have threatened to sue the Government for violating their rights to property.

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Several other residents in Bujuuko in Mpigi District, Northern Bypass are equally victims of delayed or inadequate compensation.

Asuman Basalirwa, also the Buguri Municipality MP blames UNRA and the Ministry of Works for defying court directives on matters of compensation.

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But Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister for Works and Transport regretted the delays but said the Government will compensate all the claimants and also will return all land titles to the affected persons where road projects are being implemented.

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He cited disagreement among families as another challenge affecting the smooth compensation of landowners affected by road projects. He says that in such cases, the government deposits the money in court until such family disagreements are resolved.

While on an oversight tour of districts in the Central Buganda region that includes Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono, Butambala, Gomba, and Mityana among others, several residents petitioned the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga to amplify their concerns on the compensation.

Addressing project-affected persons of the Kampala - Mityana road and the proposed Katende - Bujuuko road, Mpuuga said that attempts by UNRA to begin on any new road projects without due compensation to the land owners along the project area should be rejected.

The LOP implored UNRA to adequately compensate landowners before implementing any road construction projects, adding that the law requires that property owners get adequate compensation prior to the government takeover.

Several road construction projects in Uganda experience delays which are partly due to challenges in land acquisition. 

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