By Wetondo Denis Julius
Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] has started compensating people affected by the Muyembe – Nakapiripirit road construction.
The affected residents are from Bulambuli, Kween and Nakapiripiriti districts living along the 92-kilometer Muyembe-Nakapiripiri road. This is to pave way for construction works which are going to start soon.
While speaking to our reporter on Saturday, 20th February 2021, Hisa Bwambale, a surveyor working with Uganda National Roads Authority said they have registered a total of 2,308 people from the three districts who are going to benefit from the compensation.
He added that properties like land, houses, and trees among others are going to be demolished to pave way for the road construction.
Bwambale also said that compensation is going to take only two months before the official commencing of construction works on the road.
Judith Ajuko, the UNRA Client Officer revealed that construction works will be accomplished in a space of two years meaning from 2021 up to 2023.
She added that the construction works are funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the government of Uganda with 400 billion shillings.
Ajuko also says that they have ordered Turkish Construction Company the contractor to consider the local population during recruitment such that community people in the area can benefit.
The Client Officer also urged locals to start applying for different jobs which they are soon going to advertise in the media and district notice boards after compensation excises.
Acao also revealed that UNRA has trained ten people from each of the three districts to receive complaints from various people who will not be satisfied with the amount of money given to them as compensation so that work is not halted.
She said the composition of the team follows complaints they are receiving from people in the affected districts about the money they are to receive.
Acao says that they don’t want those people to travel long distances to Kampala or Mbale UNRA office to take complaints but access support from their respective districts.
Peter Otisipaka, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Bulambuli District urged people who will benefit from the compensation to use the money well and develop their families.
He also said that work on the road has partly started with bush clearing and placement of culverts. He urged those living within the road reserves to start vacating to pave way for the construction.
The RDC also confirmed that he is going to be supervising the work every day to make sure that the contractor doesn’t do shoddy work.
Ostitipaka also says that he will make sure that 90% of jobs during construction will favor local youths in the area.
Juma Mutayi and Suzan Nandutu both residents of Bulambuli district who are to benefit from compensation expressed their happiness saying that their area is now going to develop once the road constructions are complete.