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Njeru Residents Storm Municipal Offices Over Destroyed Properties, Crops

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Muhamad Katimbo, a resident from Bugungu LC I notes that they complained to Umeme about the destruction of their property but to date nothing has been done. According to Katimbo, they will not allow the power company to transmit power through their area for breaching the agreement they had with them.
Denis Ssenkatuuka and family memebrs at one of the cut trees that destroyed their latrine.

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More than 60 residents from five villages in Njeru Central Division have stormed Njeru municipality seeking help from the authorities to push for the compensation of their properties and crops destroyed by power distributors, Umeme.  

The affected people claim that Umeme destroyed their properties and crops last month while extending a power line to Magan Meghi Patel-MMP industrial park. The affected residents are from Bugolo, Kikubo, Bugungu Kiryowa and Bukayu villages.

According to residents, Umeme contracted WCP limited, which cleared their crops, fruits, trees and toilets to clear way for the power line. Muhamad Katimbo, a resident from Bugungu LC I notes that they complained to Umeme about the destruction of their property but to date nothing has been done.    

According to Katimbo, they will not allow the power company to transmit power through their area for breaching the agreement they had with them.  

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80-year-old Teopista Nanyunga says that she received Shillings 400, 000 for the power line to go through her yard but to her surprise the power line past right through her house.

Nanyunga told URN that she lost all her children and has no other relatives, saying once her house is destroyed she will have nowhere to go to.       

 

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Denis Ssenkatuuka, another resident claims Umeme officials promised to spare their houses but after signing the compensation agreements, they have started placing electric poles on the verandahs of their houses on top of cutting trees recklessly and destroying their property. 

“Power brings development we can’t deny that. But what shall we eat after our crops and fruit trees are destroyed. Umeme is not compensating us well and the authorities are silent,” he said.

The Njeru Municipal Mayor, Kyazze has called for calm as the municipal authorities engage the responsible authorities. 

Stephen Illungole, the Umeme Media Manager also called for calm from residents, saying their team will revisit the ground to identify the illegalities and irregularities committed for appropriate remedy.

 

“As Umeme we implement projects after going through the rightful procedures. If there are complaints we shall not proceed with any work until they are rectified,” Illungole said.