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Case Against UEDCL Fails to Take Off in Gulu

In November, 76 affected persons from Angagura sub country in Aruu North Constituency in Pader District had sought temporary injunction to halt the construction of the 33 kilovolts (Kv) power line from Aswa Dam.
The case in which Project Affected Persons - PAPs dragged Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) to Gulu High Court over delayed land compensation has failed to take off. 

In November, 76 affected persons from Angagura sub country in Aruu North Constituency in Pader District had sought temporary injunction to halt the construction of the 33 kilovolts (Kv) power line from Aswa Dam.

However, the Court Registrar Rosemary Barema before whom the case was not present in court on Thursday prompting the case to be adjourned to 5th December next month.

Robert Opiya, the company lawyer for UEDCL says that the claimants each want 30 million shillings’ compensation which sums up to three billion shillings including 300 million shillings legal fee being demanded by their lawyers.

The claimants were represented by Stephen Loboakera from ALP East Africa Group. They argue that they were not consulted by the power distributor before commencement of construction of the power distribution line that passes through their properties.

However, Opiya argues that UEDCL consulted the locals and valued the properties of 108 affected persons which was presented to the Government Chief Valuer for scrutiny.

The double circuit line stretching 40Km was due for completion in October but delayed due to community dispute over the 30Km stretch between Angagura Sub-County and Achwa dam.

In January, government allocated 30 billion shillings to UEDCL to construct an interim solution, which is the disputed 33kv distribution line.

 However, the dam will be operating below capacity as only 12MW of power will be evacuated as opposed to the 42MW.