Residents accusing Ibuje Sub County leaders of fraudulently taking 105 million shillings which was reportedly deposited into the Sub County account by Sadeem Al Kuwait Construction to allow them to gain access to the rock to conduct quarrying for the tarmacking of Rwenkunye-Apac-Lira Road.
Government handed over the site to the contractors in May and they are supposed to complete the road works within four years. However, Sadeem Al General Trading and Contracting, has since disappeared from the site raising concern from residents.
Bosco Waca, whose house was set ablaze claims that he lost Shillings 3 million and other valuables in the burnt house. “It upsets when you see your house set ablaze early in the morning when people are still sleeping. I have lost my money and where do they want me to go with all these siblings?” he asked.
Residents, who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity for fear of security, said that they are still waiting for compensation since the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries assured them of compensation.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson, says the fire destroyed a few bank properties. “Properties including 2 computers and some documents were partially destroyed while others were saved,” he said.
Wanje later told URN in a telephone interview that he could not facilitate the tour because the organizers did not make adequate preparation. He accused the district Speaker, Peter Obong and other members of the advance team who went for a feasibility study in Sironko District for failure to submit any report to his office on their findings.
The institutions were in March this year hit hard by the heavy rains accompanied by the hail storms that blew off classroom structures and latrine premises, forcing the learners to study under tree shades.
The workers argue that they lack protective gears which expose them to accidents and are underpaid. Casual labourers are paid 4,500 to 6,000 Shillings per day, which they say is inadequate compared to the cost of living.