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Surveyors Vandalize Vehicle after Being Stopped from Planting Markstones in the Road

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Sulah Wasswa, a resident within the area, says the scene was chaotic as contractors tasked surveyors to avail requisite documents allowing them to open boundaries in vain.
The surveyors digging pits in the road. courtesy photo.

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Three surveyors contracted by Musa Bashir, the proprietor of Hared Petroleum Limited to survey his land at Nile Crescent Village in Jinja city have clashed with engineers from Stirling Civil Engineering limited for attempting to plant mark stones in the middle of Nile Crescent road.

The engineers were puzzled as to why surveyors would plant mark stones on the road without written permission from their employers after six months of successful road works. 

Bashir is believed to have masterminded the eviction of over 700 families from an estimated four-acre piece of land.  

The surveyors deployed to open the boundaries of the land this morning dug holes within the road sparking off a backlash from the contractors and nearby residents. 

Sulah Wasswa, a resident within the area, says the scene was chaotic as contractors tasked surveyors to avail requisite documents allowing them to open boundaries in vain.

 

Wasswa says the crowd grew bigger after the surveyors and their body guards started assaulting the contractors’ staff.  

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Frank Kiwanuka, one of the engineers who was supervising the ongoing road works, says the surveyors had a team of eight boys that physically assaulted them and vandalized their pickup registration number UAT 123V.

Kiwanuka says they had laid the sub grade level on the road and demarcated the drainage areas. But the unplanned pits have affected the project.

 

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Cue out…damaged a car,”.  

Abbey Ngako, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, says three people were arrested in connection to the incident and locked up briefly at Jinja central police station before they were released on police bond.

 

Rajab Kiito, the Jinja City Spokesperson told URN that they were not aware of the ongoing survey. Swaibu Walubo, the Estate Manager Hared petroleum Limited admitted in a phone interview that their surveyors made a mistake by damaging the road, saying they are engaging the contractors to fix the damage.                 .      

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