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Gulu Municipality has embarked on the verification dilapidated houses earmarked for demolition within the next two years. It follows a recent report released by experts indicating that more than half of the houses in Gulu municipality are not fit for human habitation.
George Labeja, the Mayor Gulu municipality says the verification team is already on the ground and expected to report back on 15 December. According to Labeja they embarked on the verification exercise after developers rejected the first report saying the results were incomplete.
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Labeja says those the verification, engineers from the municipality will assess the status of the houses recommended for demolition and make final recommendations. He however, says there is a deliberate attempt by developers to delay the demolition process because of their personal interests. Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu district works secretary says some of the houses are appalling. He believes the verification exercise will help the municipality identify the dilapidated structures.
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Mark Odong, one of the land lords whose buildings is earmarked for demolition is worried about the cost of putting up a new building. He instead wants the municipality to allow them to renovate the houses and make them stronger.