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Authorities Order Investor To Demolish Perimeter Wall After Protests From Residents

Erastus Kibirango, the LC 5 Chairman of Luwero District, says that the perimeter wall was constructed in breach of the Physical Planning act because it was never authorized by the physical planning committee as the law stipulates.

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Luwero LC V Chairperson, Erastus Kibirango has ordered  Victoria Sugar Limited company to demolish a disputed perimeter wall erected on an access road. It comes a week after the Indian-owned company constructed a perimeter wall along the 2-kilometer access road that connects to the Kampala-Gulu highway in Ndibulungi village. 

The company also constructed the main gate and deployed a guard to control access to the company premises. The company explained that they decided to construct the perimeter wall on both sides of the access to protect children from accidents due to heavy trucks transporting sugarcane and stop the rampant theft of their property.

However, residents protested against the construction, saying it had denied them access to their homes on both sides of the road and restricted their movements. Now Erastus Kibirango, the LC 5 Chairman of Luwero District, says that the perimeter wall was constructed in breach of the Physical Planning act because it was never authorized by the physical planning committee as the law stipulates.

Kibirango also notes that the access road is a public service road and the investor has no right to restrict its usage even if he injected money into its expansion. Kibirango says that he has instructed the Physical Planner to issue a notice of demolition to the investor no later than Tuesday this week.

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Richard Bwabye, the Luwero Resident District Commissioner, says that he visited the disputed perimeter wall and ordered the investor to halt the construction as well as abide by the recommendations from the Physical planning committee to demolish it.

Robert Ssonko, one of the affected residents, says that the investor didn’t even consult the LC 1 officials or residents before constructing the wall. Ssonko says that they are happy that the authorities halted the construction of the wall because it had also denied them access to water sources.

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Earlier Esther Ayoko, the Human Resource Manager of Victoria Sugar Limited explained that the company wrote to the LC 1 Chairman, John Wasswa informing him about their intention to construct the perimeter wall along the road but he didn’t reply. 

Ayoko also explained that they compensated the residents affected by construction between Shillings 500,000-3,200,000 each. She alleged that they decided to construct the perimeter wall on the access road when the residents blocked them from using another community road near a school.

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