Construction works on Omani-mani Bridge in Kangole trading center, Napak district have stalled after the Moroto resident district commissioner, Peter Ken Lochap rejected 360,000 shillings compensation.
Lochap is demanding 14 million shillings for destruction of a pit latrine located at a junction where the bridge is meant to join the Akisim-Moroto road.
The bridge is part of the 50.3 km Akisim-Moroto road which is being constructed by China railway group 3 construction Company limited.
While presenting the compensation report in Napak district on Friday, Juliet Oyella, the UNRA land valuation manager, says that Lochap's actions have stalled works along the bridge.
“70% of the people in this area have been compensated but the RDC whose property is located in a crucial part of our project has rejected the funds and our works along this stretch have stalled for a month now,” Oyella says.
Oyella adds that a disputes and negotiation committee has been instituted to harmonize with the warring parties who shall be paid in the later stages of the project.
However, speaking in an interview Lochap says that, he used 14 million shillings to construct the pit latrine which is being shared by the business community.
Lochap stresses that UNRA should compensate for the damages caused rather than accusing him of delaying the construction works.