According to Rev Chris Babiha, the over 600 residents had their land taken by Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA for the construction of the road while others lost properties worth millions of money, but have since never been compensated.
Residents of Bundibugyo district on Friday staged a peaceful demonstration demanding compensation for their land and properties destroyed during the construction of Fort Portal – Bundibugyo- Lamia road.
According to the leader of the demonstrators, Rev Chris Babiha, the over 600 people had their land taken by Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA for the construction of the road while others lost properties worth millions of money, but have since never been compensated.
Babiha says that they have been demanding for compensation for the past nine years, in vain.
In January, the residents sued UNRA for failing to compensate them. On Friday, the residents who had turned up at High Court in Fort Portal for hearing of the case were disappointed when the case failed to take off because the judge was not around.
The case was adjourned to Feb 13, 2019.
Babiha says that they have wasted resources in the process of demanding for compensation.
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The angry residents carried placards reading, “We Want Justice”, “My Land My Life”.
Teopista Kabonesa of Burondo II zone in Kasitu Sub-county argued that her oranges, avocados and a banana plantation were destroyed during the road construction.
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Richard Mujuni of Nyahuka Town Council argue that his cocoa and avocado plantations worth 20 million shillings were destroyed and was only given 2 million shillings.
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Construction of Fort Portal – Bundibugyo – Lamia road started in 2010. The 170 billion shillings project was jointly financed by the African Development Bank – ADB (82.6 per cent) and Ugandan Government. It was completed in 2014.