While addressing stakeholders from Busoga and Bukedi in Jinja district, Musumba argues that, unlike the status quo where implementing agencies deal directly with the project affected persons (PAPs), local leaders mainly village chairpersons and parish chiefs will be at the frontline in the compensation process because they have information regarding the residents.
Local Council chairpersons will be involved in the compulsory land acquisition processes for infrastructural projects.
This was revealed by the Minister of State for Housing, and Urban
Development, Isaac Musumba, during the nationwide consultations on the draft
land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation policy.
While addressing stakeholders from Busoga and Bukedi in Jinja district, Musumba
argues that, unlike the status quo where implementing agencies deal directly
with the project affected persons (PAPs), local leaders mainly village
chairpersons and parish chiefs will be at the frontline in the compensation process
because they have information regarding the residents.
Musumba argues that most implementers lack enough time to sensitize PAPs on the
relevancy of infrastructural projects. He adds that such officials will be
facilitated and trained in public relations skills and tasked to account in
case locals fail to peacefully welcome government projects.
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Musumba further says that, after receiving suggestions from different
stakeholders, ministry of lands seeks to redefine the issue of vulnerability
where PAPs shall receive an extra allowance to enable them settle in other
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Erick Sakwa, the Jinja resident district commissioner-RDC says that implementers
should engage PAPs during the surveying process. “Implementers should engage
PAPs throughout the surveying process to ensure that, there is proper
accountability of the land and avoid cases of misrepresentation,” he says.
Charles Kiwanuka, the lands officer of Iganga district says that government
should ensure timely compensation for the PAPs.
“Citing an example of the SGR where people have taken close to
three years without compensation, it’s actually devastating for someone to halt
development on their land for a long time without certainty on whether they
will be compensated or not,” he says.
Suleiman Baraza, the RDC of Mbale says that some implementers forcefully evict
PAPs without following the rightful procedures.
He argues that the policy on compulsory land acquisition should be in
conformity with the constitution which involves adhering to human rights and
dignity of all citizens.